Umno deputy president claims revocation of Emergency ordinances was unconstitutional

SEREMBAN: The revocation of Emergency ordinances announced by Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan in Parliament is unconstitutional, claims Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

The Umno deputy president also expressed surprise that there was no official announcement, notification from Istana Negara or a gazette for a matter of such importance.

"As far as I am concerned, the move is unconstitutional. The Emergency ordinances were scheduled to be tabled during the Parliamentary special sittings but was suddenly cancelled.

"It was also implemented without being tabled in Parliament, was never debated and its implementation could not be checked and balanced by Parliament.

"Since when has the Parliament reduced to become a mere rubber stamp for Cabinet decisions?" he said in a statement on Tuesday (July 27).

On Monday (July 26), Takiyuddin, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law), told Parliament during the first day of its five-day special sitting that the Federal Government has decided based on Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution, to revoke all Emergency Ordinances made during the nationwide state of emergency, which started on Jan 12 this year.

A total of six Emergency Ordinances were gazetted and had been revoked on July 21.

Takiyuddin said the government would not be advising the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to declare a fresh proclamation of Emergency once the present nationwide state of emergency ends on Aug 1.

Mohamad said such actions by the Perikatan Nasional government were deeply troubling.

If allowed to continue, he said, Malaysia will be heading towards "stealth authoritarianism" or a situation where in times of crisis, the Government applies the law according to its own whims and fancies.

"When they are supposed to be more transparent, they become more obscure and ambiguous.

"What more when a national crisis is used as a pretext to weaken our instruments of check and balance.

"Moreover, using it to further strengthen executive power instead of empowering national trust through various cross-political and ideological democratic collaboration," he said adding that the sanctity of Parliament must be upheld at all times.

Mohamad said there was no transparency in the manner the issue was handled and that Parliament was not a "playground".

The Perikatan government, he claimed, has ignored its solemn Parliamentary duty by advancing their personal gains at the expense of national interest.

Mohamad said Umno has done its best to push the people's voice by vehemently opposing the Emergency declaration, demanding its repeal and the reconvening of Parliament.

Umno's persistence, he said, has clearly put the Perikatan government in a desperate and fragile position.

"Umno was right to say that suspending Parliament and crippling the Constitution was not the way to manage the crisis.

"Umno was also right to say that resolving the country's economic and health crisis requires the involvement of all and not just the executive," he added.

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