“Why the emergency when we have MCO?” ask PH MPs

Hannah Yeoh & Kasthuri Patto

By John Isaac

THE announcement that the King has consented to an emergency declaration proposed by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has provoked strong reactions from Dewan Rakyat MPs who are questioning its impact on Parliament and just how badly the economy will be impacted.

Muhyiddin also announced that Parliament would be suspended and no elections would be held during the period that the Emergency is in effect.

“Emergency declared until Aug 1. Please stay calm everyone.

“Most, if not all of us have been caught completely off guard by this extraordinary measure,” said Subang MP Wong Chen in a Facebook post.

He said yesterday’s movement control order (MCO) announcement was already a necessary punch to the stomach for the economy, but this new announcement is not going to help.

DAP’s Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh drew attention to the plight of businesses, saying on Twitter:

“My heart breaks for every business owner who has been struggling since 2020 and to enter into 2021 at the onset of an emergency with eight months being robbed!”

According to Malaysiakini, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto questioned why Muhyiddin was pushing for an emergency when he had announced an MCO for two weeks in six states.

“If MCO is to contain the pandemic then why the need for a state of emergency?” she asked.

“After such a long budget debate for weeks on end and ministers stating how the money will be channelled etc, this would be the best time to implement what was promised, what was planned for the rakyat,” she added.

Meanwhile, Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang said the declaration of emergency is totally unnecessary and unacceptable.

“Targeted MCO is more than enough to curb the pandemic. Muhyiddin should resign for exposing our country to greater economic risk,” he tweeted to Muhyiddin with the hashtag #LeaveGracefully.