The authorities are not treating lawmakers on equal terms during the movement-control order, said PKR youth chief Akmal Nasir, referring to the arrest of Batu MP P Prabakaran as example.
“The double standards towards Pakatan Harapan’s elected representatives must stop immediately,” Akmal said in a statement today.
“This is a most important time to work together to curb the Covid-19 pandemic and to assist the people facing the MCO, as well as plan ahead for a post-MCO world.”
Senior minister Ismail Saabri Yaakob previously said all MPs are allowed to serve their constituencies, if they follow the standard operating procedures.
“Therefore, leaders in the government should take this opportunity to be more responsible and honest instead of engaging in mere rhetoric.”
Akmal, the Johor Baru MP, was referring to Prabakaran’s arrest on Tuesday for attending a government meeting held at Taman Sri Murni, which is under enhanced movement-control order. Deputy Federal Territories Minister Edmund Santhara Kumar and several officials were present at the meeting.
The Batu MP was arrested for breaching the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (Measures within the local Infected Areas) Regulations 2020.
“As the parliamentary representative of the area, he should have been given access to the meeting where he could provide ground feedback,” said Akmal. – TMI