Enough MP numbers to ask king to lift emergency

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Anwar claims at least 114 MPs oppose the nationwide emergency which is sufficient to request the King to nullify it and reconvene Parliament. However, did not explain how exactly he achieved the numbers.

Parliamentary Opposition chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said at least 114 MPs oppose the nationwide Emergency declaration that is currently in effect until August 1.

He said this exceeded the majority of Dewan Rakyat members and is enough to request that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah reconvene Parliament and nullify the Emergency.

“There are now 114, 115 MPs who reject the Perikatan Nasional (PN) or (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin) government’s proposal. This cannot be denied. Is that number enough? It is more than enough.

“The most important thing is that the majority of MPs reject the PN government’s views on the Emergency,” he said during a dialogue session with the National Professors Council (NPC) today.

He, however, did not explain how exactly he achieved the numbers.

“What is clear now and cannot be disputed is the numbers rejecting PN’s claim for the state of emergency.

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“We just have to wait for the decision of the Agong,” he said during the livestream interview.

The session was moderated by NPC’s chief executive officer Prof Datuk Raduan Che Rose and NPC’s research officer Muhammad Asri Mohd Ali.

Anwar added that there may be only a maximum of 90 MPs who support the Emergency as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) reportedly opposes the proclamation.

“Now GPS has discussed that as well. If this happens, support for the Emergency rests only with 90 MPs, give or take,” he said.

Anwar had previously appealed to lawmakers to write to the Agong seeking that the Emergency declaration be rescinded.

Umno also launched a similar effort internally, but the party reportedly did not receive the full backing of its MPs.

Anwar, in the programme, also said the goods and services tax (GST) could be reintroduced if Pakatan Harapan returns to power.

The GST was abolished in 2018 after PH won the general election.

However, Anwar said the taxation system needed to be tweaked to ease the burden on the low-income group.

Meanwhile, eight MPs from Parti Warisan Sabah have appealed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to lift the state of emergency.

Party president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said that they acknowledged the provisions in the Constitution which allows for a state of emergency to be called but said it was “not the time” for such a measure to tackle the Covid 19 pandemic.

“Our concern is not from the legal aspect of the Constitution – an emergency is allowed for the security of the nation, and there is no doubt there is serious concern over public health with the pandemic.

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“It’s not that we cannot but the current provisions under the Movement Control Order (MCO) is sufficient to battle the pandemic,” Shafie said during a press conference today.

He said Warisan lawmakers have sent letters appealing to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to revoke the emergency order.

Shafie, who has previously made his disagreement to a state of the emergency known, was asked whether Warisan was also considering taking legal action.

“Our letter is only an appeal, we are not pressuring. We agree with Agong’s decision, we are just giving our views on the legal issues pertaining to the laws,” he said.