Ahmad Zahid: Emergency Ordinance should only be used to control Covid-19 spread

KUALA LUMPUR: The powers under the Emergency Ordinance should only be used to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

Ahmad Zahid said efforts must be taken to restore and recover functions of the Federal Constitution and parliamentary democracy as soon as the aim of the Emergency proclamation has been achieved.

"Since the rationale given by the Prime Minister to ask for a declaration of Emergency is to control the Covid-19 pandemic, so all powers under the Emergency Ordinance must only be focused on managing the spread of the infection," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 12).

Ahmad Zahid's statement comes after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed a nation-wide state of Emergency on Jan 12 to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Umno political bureau had convened a special meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), just hours after Istana Negara announced the nationwide emergency.

Ahmad Zahid added that Umno also welcomed the proclamation made by the King under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution as advised by the Prime Minister.

He said Umno hoped that throughout the implementation of the nationwide Emergency, the principles of human rights, civil liberty, transparency and the rule of law would be guaranteed.

The government, said Ahmad Zahid, must also give its guarantee to take full responsibility for the interest of the rakyat and fulfil its promises, including resolving various issues related to the people's livelihood, such as the withdrawal of the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) without any condition, the extension of the loan moratorium and others.

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