Anwar to take govt to court over emergency move

Anwar Ibrahim. – Malaysia Dateline photo.

OPPOSITION leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is taking the government to court over its emergency proclamation, which he described as an “egregious abuse of power”.

“I have announced our intention to appeal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to defend the constitution and the rakyat’s rights.

“At the same time, our legal team has been instructed to prepare the application to challenge the prime minister and government’s decision,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Anwar, the Port Dickson MP also said that the emergency proclamation was reckless and desperate, devoid of rational basis and had placed a chasm between the people and their government.

He added that the public’s trust in Muhyiddin is withering by the day, with MPs withdrawing their support.

“It has become obvious that this emergency has less to do with combating the pandemic than clinging on to an illegitimate power that was attained through the back door.

“Are we to trust the words of an individual who betrayed his prime minister, his party (and by extension his coalition), and most criminally the trust and mandate of the rakyat?” he asked in his post.

Earlier, the PKR president had asked to all MPs to write to the King to plead with him to rescind the proclamation and to convene a Parliament sitting before Jan 31.

The King had declared a national emergency on Jan 12 until Aug 1.

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