Proclamation of emergency could have negative impact on economy, cautions Amanah

PETALING JAYA: A proclamation of an emergency could adversely impact the economy and Malaysia's image in the eyes of foreign investors and the global community, cautions Parti Amanah Negara.

"If the news (claiming that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had allegedly advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to proclaim an emergency) is true, we strongly object," Amanah said in a statement issued Saturday (Oct 24).

Amanah said this in response to news reports on an alleged move to declare an emergency to counter political uncertainties in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amanah also regarded the alleged move to declare a state of emergency as politically motivated, riding on the third wave of Covid-19 threat.

"It will only aggravate public suffering," said the party, which is a member of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Amanah claimed that experts in public health and communicable diseases were also of the view that there was no necessity to proclaim a state of emergency using Covid-19 as an excuse.

"Instead, steps should be taken to further boost public health actions in facing the third wave.

"An effective communication strategy is needed to deliver clear messages to the rakyat on measures that need to be undertaken (to contain the virus)," said Amanah.

Amanah believed Muhyiddin was allegedly resorting to emergency option to escape a vote of no confidence in him when Parliament convenes next week.

Amanah claimed that the country could be saved from prolonged political power struggles if Muhyiddin stepped down.

"Step down, and let the individual commanding majority support in Parliament take over, in keeping with the Federal Constitution," said Amanah.

Amanah hoped the King would reject Muhyiddin's proposal to declare a state of emergency, uphold parliamentary democracy and save the constitutional monarchy institution from being drawn into political power play.

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