Dr M takes veiled swipe at MPs afraid to voice objections to emergency
In a cryptic post on his “chedet” blog, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken a veiled swipe at those who are hesitant to voice their objections to the emergency declaration.
“We try to get as many people as possible to give an opinion on the emergency. Many of them think the emergency is not necessary and they cite several reasons why they think so.”
However, he said that while these people understood why the emergency is objectionable, they were in fear of expressing their opinions.
“They are in fear and only voice their opinions in hushed tones while looking around. And they also do not want their opinions to be circulated.
Mahathir said he tried to make it clear that the government cannot do that, but others were unconvinced and unhappy.
“When asked to sign a letter of appeal for an emergency to be withdrawn, they refused,” he said.
While Mahathir did not name the targets of his post, it appeared he was addressing MPs who were hesitant to petition the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a special parliamentary session to debate the emergency.
Umno sources have told Malaysiakini that secretary-general Ahmad Maslan’s call to petition the Agong was met with lacklustre support from party MPs because they fear the move would give Umno a bad image.
Umno election director Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said that sending a letter to the king is not an act of betrayal as claimed by some quarters, such as former BN secretary-general Annuar Musa.
However, Tajuddin told Malaysiakini there were several reasons Umno MPs were not backing the letter issued by the party, saying “some don’t understand and some are looking after political interests”.
On Saturday, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim claimed that between 114 and 115 MPs, a majority in the Dewan Rakyat, are against the emergency declaration.
Anwar said this is enough to ask the king to consider their appeal for Parliament to reconvene and have the emergency aborted.
Anwar previously appealed to lawmakers to write to the king to get the emergency declaration rescinded.
Pakatan Harapan MPs have said that an emergency is not necessary because the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) should be sufficient.
They claim that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has the political motivation of avoiding elections and parliamentary sittings while being able to govern unchecked.
The Dewan Rakyat was scheduled to meet for the first time this year from March 8 to April 8. MKINI
Zahid: Umno will never surrender, be bullied or bought
Taking to Facebook, Zahid said Umno is neither weak or clueless but knows what it needs to know, stating that the party is aware that it was once defeated through lies and deceits.
“Umno remains steadfast to the truth. Umno will continue to uphold the truth.
“With that, Umno will never ‘surrender’. Umno will not bow, bullied or bought.
Zahid’s posting comes at a time when several party leaders have called for him to resign, claiming that Zahid’s weak leadership has caused “havoc” among members.
Most recently, Umno’s Paya Besar division chief Datuk Ahmad Tajuddin Sulaiman cited unclear direction and weak determination from the leadership which was affecting the courage and fighting spirit of the 3.6 million Umno members.
Previously, two youth leaders from Johor and Negeri Sembilan had also asked Zahid to resign.
Pontian youth chief Mohd Helmi Buang said the party needed new leaders, and Seremban youth chief Zool Amali Hussin supported the call.
Zahid added that Umno’s revival will be silent yet full of wisdom and also sought to assure its members again that the party knows what it was doing.
“Umno will keep going forward. With His permission, our courageous symbolism will continue to be seen as noble and beautiful,” he said. MALAY MAIL
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