Government Resorting to Undemocratic Means to Stay in Power, Anwar Says Amid ‘Emergency’ Talk

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today accused Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government of resorting to undemocratic means to stay in power following reports that the administration was seeking to declare a state of emergency during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Anwar said he was deeply concerned about the reports, which he felt are measures to curb the parliamentary process.

“Today, we have a government which lacks legitimacy, and which knows it will fail to demonstrate majority support in Parliament and is using the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse to justify its abuse of power.

“A state of emergency is declared when there is a threat to our national security. But when the government is itself the source of that threat, then a state of emergency is nothing more than the descent into dictatorship and authoritarianism,” he said in a statement today.

“By seeking emergency powers, the illegitimate PN government reveals its sheer incompetence in handling Covid-19 health and economic crisis.

“While the rest of Asia is looking for ways to manage the virus and reopen their economies safely, Malaysia is heading in the opposite direction.

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“We have yet to see a solid strategy to handle the crisis and on the back of growing criticism, the government thinks a receding democratic power is the best strategy,” he added.

Instead of seeking to implement emergency measures to curb the parliamentary process, Anwar said what the country needed was transparency, accountability and firm action by the various ministries in overcoming the crisis.

“The government has failed to provide strong leadership in handling this crisis and is instead resorting to undemocratic means to stay in power,” he added.

He also strongly advised Muhyiddin to reconsider the legacy of such actions taken out of self-interest and selfishness.

Muhyiddin had a two-hour audience with the Agong in Pekan this evening.