Don’t bicker over PM post, there’s an emergency now – Hadi
Disputing the post of prime minister when the country is in a state of emergency is something that should not be done, said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
Despite not mentioning names, Hadi is believed to be referring to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim who previously claimed to have the support of a majority of MPs.
“The thing we should not do at the moment is to argue about who wants to be the prime minister or who wants to appoint one.
“Today’s concern is the Covid-19 pandemic that is increasingly threatening the lives of the people, and yet there are still people who want to debate about it (the prime minister’s post), saying that they have enough parliamentary votes to change the prime minister.
Hadi added that any measures that could disrupt the work of helping the people during this emergency must be addressed strictly.
The opposition leader said that between 114 and 115 MPs, a majority in the Dewan Rakyat, are against the emergency and that this is enough to ask the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to consider their appeal for Parliament to reconvene and have the emergency aborted.
“Now we have 114, 115 who are opposed to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) (emergency) motion. That is more than enough.
“The current number rejects PN’s views on the majority, it is rejected by a majority of MPs,” he had said in a dialogue session with the National Professors Council.
Anwar had previously appealed to lawmakers to write to the king, to get the emergency declaration rescinded.
Umno also had internal efforts to petition the Agong to cancel the emergency.
However, a party source told Malaysiakini that a majority of Umno MPs were hesitant to sign the petition, as it may reflect badly on the party.
A majority rejecting the PN government over the emergency does not mean a majority of MPs support Anwar to become prime minister – and the PKR president did not imply such either. MKINI
Hadi Awang: Bickering over PM post during Covid-19 is absurd
KUALA LUMPUR — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said squabbles over the Prime Minister’s post while the nation is facing the Covid-19 pandemic is ludicrous and insensitive to the plight of the people.
He said the matter could disrupt efforts to assist the people who are in great difficulties following the outbreak.
“Whether who should be the Prime Minister or who to appoint as the Prime Minister should not be raised now.
“Calling for debate on the matter (post of Prime Minister) or talking about having enough votes in Parliament in such a situation (during Covid-19), is just rubbish. It is completely insensitive to the people’s feelings and should be rejected,” he said in his closing speech of a webinar titled “Proclamation of Emergency: Is it a necessity?” here today.
“Some quarters said why was it not discussed earlier, but we have to realise that this disaster emergency must be in place immediately to contain it and there is no time to discuss, “ he said, adding that matters such the duration of implementation could be brought up during the Emergency.
On January 12, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah consented to the Proclamation of Emergency to be implemented until August 1 as a proactive measure to curb the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia.
His Majesty consents to the emergency implementation until an earlier date if the daily positive Covid-19 cases are effectively brought under control. — Bernama
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