KUALA LUMPUR: Are International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) travel and business letters still needed if the Emergency Ordinances have been revoked, says Lim Lip Eng (pic).
The Kepong MP said that people are confused about this following the government's announcement on Monday that the Emergency Ordinances were revoked on July 21.
"The people are very confused. Can they travel across borders? Do they need the Miti letter to conduct their businesses? Can shopping malls open? There are so many questions and this is why we cannot wait until next Monday (Aug 2)," Lim said.
On Monday (July 26), de-facto law minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the government revoked the Emergency Ordinances on July 21 and it has no plans to advise the King to extend the nationwide state of Emergency beyond Aug 1.
Following this, there was a shouting match on Tuesday (July 27) when Takiyuddin refused to answer queries by MPs on whether the backdated revocation of the Emergency Proclamation was consented by the King.
Takiyuddin said he will only answer those questions next Monday when he briefs the House about the Emergency Proclamation, as he is bound by a ruling by Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to answer on the Emergency Proclamation next Monday.
"We need an answer now, the people can no longer wait," Lim said at a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday (July 27)
"I'm urging the Inspector-General of Police, the police and also the Attorney-General to give an answer, whether we still need Miti and police letters to do business and travel and whether all sectors are not opened again," added Lim.
The Emergency Proclamation made earlier this year to battle Covid-19 is set to expire on Aug 1.