Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is using the state of emergency to stay in power, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today, branding the current government a dictatorship.
In a video posted on his social media channels today, the former prime minister said Muhyiddin had lost his majority to remain in power when he advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to declare a state of emergency.
“The claim that Covid-19 has to be contained under emergency law is a lie,” he said.
“In fact, the emergency is for him to remain prime minister. This is the real reason why Muhyiddin made the effort for the declaration of emergency,” Dr Mahathir said.
Dr Mahathir said Muhyiddin had used the emergency to suspend Parliament and solidify his position so that it cannot be challenged.
The powers of the prime minister and the cabinet remain, and all laws enacted by them have to be accepted as the same as those tabled and passed in Parliament.
He said the Perikatan Nasional government is a dictatorship as most of the provisions enacted under the Emergency Ordinance, including takeover of assets and fines and penalties, cannot be challenged in court.
“The current government is not grounded by the law, (they have) lied that the emergency is needed to contain Covid-19, misused the name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to protect themselves from allegations of wrongdoing, silenced the people and their representatives by suspending Parliament, practising graft, threatening those who questioned the government with heavy punishments, acting against the rule of law, deteriorating the economy and the social lives of the people and ruling as a dictator who cannot be opposed,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said the declaration of the emergency was unlawful as the law requires it to be brought to Parliament, he said, adding that the government had chosen to ignore the condition.
This being the case, he said the emergency is illegitimate and cannot be enforced making the government illegal.
“This is the condition in the country right now. The government is doing all sorts of wrongdoing, but the courts are not permitted to evaluate whether the actions and deeds of the government are lawful or unlawful.
“Yes, there are some who legitimise everything the government does. They have their own agenda to support deeds which are wrong by law,” he added.
Dr Mahathir said the government is not doing enough to ease the process of doing business.
He said billions of dollars in foreign direct investment has been diverted to neighbouring countries and investors have also moved out of Malaysia in favour of another country.
“Investors were not welcomed but restricted. There were investments worth billions which were scrapped,” he said.
“A lot of ministers do not want to meet entrepreneurs to solve their problems. Some are pressured by politicians for bribes, professionals were replaced. And many other reasons,” he added.
He said investors are also cautious to invest due to the state of emergency as the rule of law is absent. – TMI