SEREMBAN: A health emergency would have been more appropriate to control the Covid-19 outbreak, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan(pic).
The Umno deputy president said that although the party acknowledged the fact that the state of Emergency declared on Tuesday (Jan 12) was to control the outbreak, the Government should have declared a health emergency and specific ordinances to effectively fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
"With the worsening pandemic and a declining economy, the county is put in a state of Emergency where its Constitution and Parliament are now rendered dysfunctional.
"To paralyse the Constitution, be it partially or fully, would never help our recovery from the pandemic," he said Sunday (Jan 17).
Mohamad said Malaysia is currently in an unprecedented position that its history has never seen.
"Umno is fully supportive of the Government’s effort in combating the outbreak, a stance that we would never compromise.
"However, Umno is also firm on restoring democracy and the democratic functions of our Constitution," he said.
The Rantau assemblyman said it was only through reinforcement of the healthcare strategy that the pandemic could be better controlled.
Citing an example, he said this can be achieved by expediting the immunisation process and utilising the movement control order.
Malaysia, he said, was a successful democracy and the best example of a democratic country among all Muslim nations.
"Malaysia’s democracy must remain undefeated, be it by the pandemic or whatever challenges that may come forth to this country.
"It will also be a just country with its Constitution as the highest law and beacon," he added.
The King had proclaimed a state of Emergency nationwide from Jan 12 until Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah agreed to the decision after a meeting with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (Jan 11).
The Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 12) said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed that the Emergency be in force up to Aug 1 or earlier if the number of Covid-19 cases can be effectively controlled and brought down.
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