PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 pandemic requires extraordinary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic).
Backing the proclamation of a state of emergency, the PAS president said that it was a proactive measure taken by the Perikatan Nasional government to deal with such an unprecedented situation, involving challenges from within and outside, especially in terms of illegal entry of foreigners, which he said was difficult to curb with normal laws.
"The King made the decision in full wisdom by giving some time to the government to find a solution without having to declare an Emergency," he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jan 13).
Hadi also chided those who continued politicking and used various political excuses that were immature and improper.
"During this trying time, they continue to debate who is qualified to become the prime minister, although they are not united and could not even gather enough numbers.
"Some don't realise that their boat is sinking, but still are holding on tightly to it.
"Others, without realising it, are almost sinking with their ships – to the point they submitted names to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong without giving any figures, similar to sending a blank cheque for His Majesty to write the amount," the PAS president said.
He said the Emergency was needed and must be implemented.
"All parties must stop politicking, although there are some who refuse to admit defeat," he said.
Hadi said public safety and health must be prioritised and not the interests of political groups or specific individuals.
On Tuesday (Jan 12), a nationwide state of emergency until Aug 1 was declared by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The MCO was reimposed in three different levels nationwide until Jan 26.
Areas under an MCO are Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, Melaka, Johor and Sabah.
States under conditional MCO are Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan and three zones in Sarawak - Kuching, Sibu and Miri.
Perlis and the rest of Sarawak are placed under a recovery MCO.
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