Rafidah: Declaring Emergency Like Using Bomb to Kill a Few Rats

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Former Umno Wanita chief Rafidah Aziz today said to declare a state of emergency now is akin to “finding a few rats in the attic and killing them with a bomb”.

In a Facebook post, she said the Perikatan Nasional government has run out of ideas.

“Clearly, this government has run out of steam and the ability to plan and implement policies and measures to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While the Ministry of Health and frontliners must be acknowledged and congratulated for having been able to manage the pandemic so far, despite the VIPs who violate laws and the politics triggering the Sabah elections, so to declare an emergency seven months later is simply unacceptable,” said the former international trade and industry minister.

“I never thought I would live to see all that is happening now where politics is at its lowest level and some politicians putting self before people and nation.

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“This is a government that is far from governing and has put politics before principles, ethics and national interest by throwing the very basis of democracy into the sewers,” said the former Umno Women’s chief.

She said that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government was using every avenue and tool possible to maintain power by opting for emergency.

Rafidah said that Malaysians can accept various movement control orders but to declare an emergency would impact Parliament and the democratic process.

“We are going down a very slippery slope and will be joining the basket cases of nations.

Meanwhile, DAP Senator Liew Chin Tong said Muhyiddin should have explored all the options before considering a state of emergency.

“There are actually tools for the government to function properly in a parliamentary democracy.

“Even if you do not have a majority, one can still rule as a minority government with ‘confidence and supply’ agreements with opposition parties,” said Liew in his blog today.

The former Bukit Bendera and Kluang MP said that the government can sign confidence and supply agreements with the opposition to gain support for its Budget bill in exchange for certain considerations.

“Parliamentary institutions have existed for hundreds of years in the United Kingdoms and many other countries precisely because their societies have differences.

“These differences, instead of resulting in quarrels and fist fights on the streets, are brought into Parliament for solutions and compromises.

“If the government wants to pass a bill while not having the majority to do so, it can send the bill to a bipartisan Parliamentary committee to get views from the opposition.

“If both sides agree, let say, on 70% of the proposed bill, the government then has a choice, either pass the agreed parts in the Parliament and put the disagreements on back burner, or take risk by not passing the whole bill.” – TMI