Anwar slams Dr M over Mageran proposal

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Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has hit out at former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his proposal for a Majlis Gerakan Negara (Mageran) to be set up to temporarily govern the country.

In a video posted on Facebook, Anwar said there was no rationale for Mageran to be established at the expense of democracy or parliamentary proceedings, adding that it would give rise to authoritarian and dictatorial powers.

“Don’t sacrifice the people just because we want a shortcut to power through the use of the emergency or Mageran,” he said.

Earlier, the Pakatan Harapan presidential council rejected Mahathir’s Mageran proposal.

“The presidential council took note of Dr Mahathir’s proposal to create an NOC to solve the problems the country is facing at the moment, especially those related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“However, as a coalition that upholds the principles of parliamentary democracy, PH rejects the NOC proposal based on our consistent stand that the emergency should end immediately, and Parliament should reopen now.

“The solution for the people’s problems in the Covid-19 issue, the economy, and even politics, is a well-functioning democracy, and the best place to listen to the voice of the people and find solutions, is in Parliament,” the coalition said in a statement.

The statement was signed by PKR president and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.