PETALING JAYA: The proposal by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the formation of a National Operations Council (NOC) to handle the Covid-19 crisis in the country has been rejected by Umno and Pakatan Harapan.
The Pakatan presidential council said while they took note of the former prime minister’s suggestion to set up the NOC (better known as Mageran – Majlis Gerakan Negara), they did not agree with it.
“As a party which upholds the principle of a parliamentary democracy, Pakatan Harapan rejects the suggestion to establish Mageran, based on our consistent stance that the Emergency must be ended immediately and that Parliament must reconvene now.
“For a solution to the rakyat’s problems concerning Covid-19 and the economy, and for a political system requiring a functioning democracy, the best place to hear the rakyat’s views and find a solution is in Parliament, ” they said in a statement yesterday.
The statement was signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP president Lim Guan Eng.
Meanwhile, Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi slammed Dr Mahathir’s suggestion to set up Mageran.
“Tun M is strange. He protested the Emergency, he protested against the suspension of Parliament, but he proposes Mageran. He then offers himself to return to serve. Obviously as the Mageran director.
“If Tun M is the director, it will be difficult to end Mageran. Fortunately, he is not the prime minister. There is no reason for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to follow his advice, ” he said in a Facebook post.
He claimed that if Dr Mahathir became the Mageran director, the power given to him would be abused with selective prosecution of certain individuals.
“Government institutions such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Inland Revenue Board will be used to pressure political opponents.
“Enough, Tun. A second chance has been given, and there was too much damage. I’m afraid that more of the country’s assets will be sold, ” he said.