Syabas, Malaysia! The rejection of the bid to declare an emergencyis a triumph for parliamentary democracy. Many people played a role in making their voices on this issue heard. Aliran has just issued a statement:
Aliran welcomes the Agong’s decision to reject Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s advice to declare a state of emergency and to suspend parliamentary democracy.
We are relieved that wisdom has prevailed and that the forces that would have plunged Malaysia into the abyss have been thwarted.
A state of emergency merely to ensure the survival of the Muhyiddin administration would have been disastrous for the nation. It would have hurt the economy, which had already been badly hit by the pandemic. A declaration of emergency would have paved the way for dictatorial rule. It would have neutralised Parliament, where the people’s elected representatives meet, as a forum for debate, consensus-building and policymaking. It would have neutered Parliament as an essential component of our systems of checks and balances.
More than that, it would have crushed our system of parliamentary democracy.
For a few days until Sunday evening, the entire nation held its breath. So many civil society groups, politicians from both sides of the divide, academics, military veterans and the legal and medical fraternities spoke out against emergency rule. Several online petitions flew all over.
It was refreshing to see so many groups and individuals rising to defend our system of parliamentary democracy. It was a triumph of People Power. Full statement on Aliran website