We seem to be heading towards dark times, folks. But don’t lose heart. We must uphold parliamentary democracy in Malaysia. Say it loud and clear.
Aliran has just released this statement. Have a look:
Aliran is alarmed by the cabinet’s reported decision to seek a state of emergency.
Many believe the move is more to protect the position of the prime minister and his government rather than to combat the pandemic.
Muhyiddin Yassin is obviously not confident his Budget will be approved in Parliament, which would lead to the collapse of his government. But fear of losing a de facto motion of no-confidence is no grounds for the declaration of an emergency.
The hasty decision to push for an emergency only reinforces the feeling that the Perikatan Nasional government lacks the numbers in Parliament now. It is widely being seen as a measure to hinder Anwar Ibrahim’s bid for power and to stop political moves from blocking Muhyiddin’s Budget. Full statement here