By John Isaac
WHILE the announcement of the formation of a Bi-Partisan Committee to advice the YDP Agong is welcomed, the composition of the Committee must be proportionate to the current composition of Parliament.
“The government cannot just flood the committee with political “yes-man” and then put maybe one opposition member merely as a window dressing, as it completely defeats the purpose.
“On top of thay all info and data must be made transparent to all in the committee so that proper and informed decisions can be made,” said Bandar Kuching MP, Dr Kelvin Yii.
Earlier, in declaring a state of emergency, Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also said they would form a bipartisan independent committee of MPs and health experts, which will recommend if an early termination of the emergency is possible.
The emergency has been scheduled to end in August.
“Parameters must be clear to define the effectiveness of the approach and all decisions must be driven by data & science, and not political considerations,” stressed Dr Kelvin.
Fact of the matter, he said the committee should not be formed just to advice YDPA on this matter, but take steps to further to advice Putrajaya on its approach to Covid-19 as a whole.
“I have since the beginning called for an Expert Covid-19 Consultative Taskforce consisting or specialists from both public & private sectors to formulate and guide the nation’s strategy, just like in Singapore so that it is a “whole-of-society” approach.
“We need to admit Putrajaya is overwhelmed, and they need all the help they can get,”.