DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has demanded Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin reconsider the suspension of Parliament to allow MPs to address any shortcomings in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

Lim, who is the Bagan MP, stressed that the legislative branch is needed to allow lawmakers to bring up issues related to mismanagement, abuse of power, and the people’s hardships via parliamentary meetings.

“If the executive and judiciary branch of government can function normally, why not the legislature which is the highest level (of decision-making) in our Federal Constitution?” questioned Lim.

Officially, there have yet to be any emergency ordinances issued to prevent Parliament from convening. While a statement from the palace yesterday did not mention the suspension of Parliament sittings or elections, Muhyiddin had made it clear he will pursue it.

Lim said the government failed to announce urgent financial measures to save Malaysia’s economy accompanying the declaration of the national emergency and this must be addressed in Parliament.

“The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 to 4.8 percent in November 2020 as a result of the conditional and recovery MCO imposed then.

“Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), trade unions, and employer groups have warned of more business closures and worker retrenchments for the latest round of MCO and emergency. The tourism industry which lost RM100 billion in revenue last year needs urgent financial ‘life-support’,” added Lim.

He also slammed the government for not securing vaccines quickly compared with Singapore, which received its initial supply of vaccine two months before Malaysia is supposed to.

“The government has also fallen very short in comprehensive implementation of the 3 Ts of testing, tracing, and treatment to save lives. Even though the Covid-19 Fund was reduced from RM38 billion in 2020 to RM17 billion, RM 17 billion is still a useful sum to improve our health delivery system based on the 3 Ts,” he said.

“Unfortunately, such funds appear not to be made ready to support our heroic front-liners whether by employing more health workers or by purchasing vaccines,” added Lim.

“The time has come for ministers to wake up and work hard to do their jobs properly. Malaysians want the government to focus on saving livelihoods and lives not on their own political survival or political posts,” he said.

He expressed regret that Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun supported the suspension of the legislative branch and questioned the need to have a Dewan Rakyat speaker.

He said Muhyiddin had lost political and moral legitimacy as the prime minister following the withdrawal of support by three Umno MPs.

“Ironically, it is Muhyiddin’s government’s mishandling and mismanagement of Covid-19 that gave him the opportunity to rely on an emergency to stay in power by suspending Parliament.”

Yesterday, Pakatan Harapan leaders rejected the rationale behind the emergency proclamation that emergency power is needed to save Malaysia from the pandemic.

Harapan believed Muhyiddin was using the nationwide emergency to retain power as he had lost majority support in the Dewan Rakyat after three Umno MPs withdrew support for the PN government. – MKINI

Parliament should sit to pass urgent financial measures, says Guan Eng

The suspension of Parliament and the state assemblies should be revoked to allow MPs to bring up and compel the government to offer urgent financial measures for the people. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 13, 2021.
The former finance minister also questioned why can’t the legislature function as normal under emergency when the executive and judiciary branches of government are allowed to function.

“How then can an emergency proclamation redress obvious shortcomings from the government when Parliament is suspended.

“How will the problems in mismanagement, abuse of power and the sufferings of the people be brought forward by MPs without any parliamentary meetings? How can the failure of ministers to do their jobs properly be highlighted?,” said the Bagan MP in a statement today.

The DAP secretary-general said his party was disappointed with Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Harun for failing to defend the supremacy of Parliament by supporting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s emergency declaration which included suspending Parliament.

He said Muhyiddin had failed to consider the financial burden of the people in declaring the emergency and the two-week movement control order.

“Perikatan Nasional’s failure to announce urgent financial measures to save Malaysia’s economy accompanying the declaration of the state of emergency proves that Muhyiddin is not focused on saving jobs, businesses and the people’s livelihood.

“The unemployment rate rose by 0.1% to 4.8% in November 2020 as a result of the conditional and recovery MCO imposed then.

“Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), trade unions and employer groups  have warned of more business closures and workers’ retrenchments for the latest round of MCO and emergency.

“The tourism industry, which lost RM100 billion in revenue last year, need urgent financial ‘life-support’,” he said.

Lim said there was no forthcoming financial help from the government and that many promises remain unfulfilled.

Despite announcing the second round of MCO on Monday, Muhyiddin caught everyone by surprise when he added the emergency proclamation, which will run until August 1.

The prime minister said a state of emergency will give wider powers for his government to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.

Lim said the re-imposition of the MCO was more than sufficient to handle the surging Covid-19 cases in the country.

He accused Muhyiddin of using the emergency and the suspension of Parliament to remain in power.  THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT