Najib questions legitimacy of revoking Emergency Ordinance

KUALA LUMPUR: Questions continued to be raised over the legitimacy of revoking the Emergency Ordinances with Datuk Seri Najib Razak (BN-Pekan) being the latest to chime in.

The former prime minister asked whether the revocation followed due process as it was not explained to the House.

“We also want to know if it could be backdated and what the implications would be if it were allowed,” he told pressmen on the sidelines of the special sitting in Parliament on Tuesday (July 27).

He said the announcement of the revocation of the six ordinances - including the main ordinance - could raise questions about the legality and legitimacy of the government from July 21.

“In my opinion, yesterday’s announcement was confusing and a proper explanation is needed before more questions from the people and lawmakers,” he said.

Najib explained that the Cabinet should have sought the King’s consent for revoking the ordinances first and later gazetted it.

He added the matter is also supposed to be debated in both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.

On Monday (July 26), Takiyuddin told the Dewan Rakyat that a total of six Emergency Ordinances had been revoked on July 21.

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