KUCHING: The Emergency proclamation was a "right and logical" move by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to address Covid-19 and the political uncertainties in the country, says Saratok MP Ali Biju (pic).
The Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister said the movement control order alone was not enough to combat the pandemic.
"The Prime Minister needs wider powers to arrest the scary situation Malaysians are facing in this pandemic which has an immediate knock-on effect on the economy, ultimately affecting all of us.
"An Emergency declaration gives him the Constitutional authority to address what needs to be addressed swiftly and expedite processes that would otherwise be cumbersome," Ali said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 13).
He said the government was acting responsibly by listening to calls not to hold a general election anytime soon.
"On the contrary, some quarters are pushing for the nation to go to the polls as soon as possible. This is insanity," he said.
Muhyiddin had said that no general, state or by-elections would be held during the Emergency period, which is in force until Aug 1.
Ali also rebutted Opposition claims that the Perikatan Nasional government was clinging on to power via the backdoor with the Emergency declaration.
"This could not be further from the truth. The Prime Minister took a brave and bold step to put the rakyat's wellbeing first. Muhyiddin has acted and will continue to act fully in the interest of the rakyat. This I can be quite certain of," he said.
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