What dictatorship? Azmin tells Opposition to unite and fight Covid-19 instead of 'sowing fear and resentment'

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has slammed Opposition lawmakers for claiming that the country would descend into dictatorship should a state of emergency be declared.

Calling it irresponsible and unbecoming of an MP, he said that the Opposition was sowing fear and resentment among the rakyat rather than joining the government's efforts to battle the pandemic.

"Let us be clear. Our real enemy is Covid-19 and we must appreciate the sacrifices and selfless efforts of our frontliners who have toiled day and night.

"I call on all political leaders across all partisan lines to join forces with the rakyat and the Government in this time of great challenge to stand as one, united and unified in the fight against this unprecedented pandemic, to put aside political and other self-interests for the greater good of the health, well-being and prosperity of the nation," he said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 24).

He also hit out at Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his quest to become prime minister.

On Friday (Oct 23), Anwar had called the government to provide full transparency before declaring an Emergency.

"It is most regrettable that the leader of the Opposition has chosen to stir up instability and sow hatred when he claimed to the whole world that he had obtained "a convincing and formidable majority in Parliament" to form a new Government and calling on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign," said Azmin.

He noted that the country is facing the most severe health crisis in recent history, the Government, working closely with the rakyat and all the frontliners, are doing their level best to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Under these circumstances, it is only right and proper that we stand united behind all efforts at mitigating the pandemic and flattening the curve while ensuring minimal disruption to the economy," said Azmin.

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