Three MPs named to advise King on Emergency


PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan has submitted the names of three MPs to be part of the special independent committee that will advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the state of emergency.

They are Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (Kulim Bandar Baru), Anthony Loke (Seremban) and Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor).

Saifuddin said an official letter had been sent to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan about the nomination.

“The Opposition representation in this independent committee does not change our stand that the reasons put forward by the Prime Minister on the need to declare an Emergency is still unacceptable.

“We and a majority of MPs also believe this Emergency proclamation needs to end and Parliament needs to reconvene soon, ” said Pakatan in a statement co-signed by Saifuddin, Loke and Datuk Dr Hatta Ramli (from Parti Amanah Negara).

The independent committee, which was part of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s national emergency announcement, is aimed at advising the King on how long the state of emergency is needed.

On Jan 12, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed for a nationwide Emergency to be in force until Aug 1 or earlier if the number of Covid-19 cases can be controlled and reduced.

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