State of emergency will only benefit current PM, says Dr M

PETALING JAYA: The only person standing to benefit from Malaysia declaring a state of emergency is the current Prime Minister, says former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) chairman claimed that the intention to declare a state of emergency was for political reasons.

“This government is not the government elected by the people. It has come to power by undemocratic means and now it is only concerned about staying in power.

“Faced with the possibility of being overthrown, the Prime Minister wants the powers under a state of Emergency. The only benefit would accrue to the Prime Minister, as Parliament would be paralysed, ” he said in a blog post on Saturday (Oct 24).

He added that there is a need for “some changes to be made to the government which seized power through undemocratic means”.

“An emergency would give extra power to the Prime Minister. What he has done so far has not mitigated the political, economic and social problems affecting the country.

“He has a huge Cabinet which has contributed nothing to the well-being of the people and the country, ” he said.

The Langkawi MP said there is nothing in the country’s present situation to justify the government’s intention to declare a state of emergency.

“Covid-19 has been used to justify Parliament being delayed, shortened and void of any debates.

“Now it is to justify declaring a state of emergency. But the power and authority in today’s government have been adequate to deal with the pandemic, ” he said.

He said other countries facing a more severe Covid-19 situation have not declared a state of emergency for the whole country, but only for affected areas.

“That was specific for dealing with the local problem. But none have suspended laws and Parliament as it would if Emergency is declared in Malaysia.

“There are no riots or violence in Malaysia, no breakdown of law and order to justify an emergency, ” he said.

Malaysians, he added, have largely obeyed the restrictions that were in place to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the movement control order (MCO).

“What can (a state of) emergency do to stop the pandemic more than what we can do now? Nothing, ” he said.

He further said the speculation of an emergency has created ripples in Malaysia’s economy, with the stock market taking a hit.

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