By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Jan 13: Abdul Aziz Isa, the special assistant to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen has called on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to relinquish his position.
Abdul Aziz believes the declaration of a state of emergency was perceived as a political move to save the prime minister from his position.
He questioned the timing of the emergency declaration after the withdrawal of support of certain MPs to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) ruling coalition.
Thus, Abdul Aziz opined that the move has further cast doubt on the genuine intention of the prime minister for the declaration of a state of emergency for the country.
“If the public’s perception is right, then it signals the public’s loss of confidence in this government, and the Prime Minister should thus gracefully resign.
“However, instead of admitting his administration’s incompetence, the Prime Minister chose to proceed with drastic action that drags the entire nation into unchartered waters alongside his own uncertain political survival.
“The Prime Minister’s failure to do the right thing at every turn continues to jeopardise Malaysia’s economic and political stability.
“Not only that, the Prime Minister does not seem to recognise that his action has far-reaching consequences,” he said in a statement.
Abdul Aziz who is also DAP Batu Kitang branch chairman highlighted that the PN government was not elected by the people through a general election.
With the declaration of an emergency, he noted the PN government does not need to be accountable and answerable to the Parliament.
Thus, he believed it is a legitimate cause of concern and a sign of looming dictatorship.
Abdul Aziz who is also DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) Stampin Division Chief said Malaysians were struggling to get by the day.
He gathered that many citizens were hoping for an extension of loan moratorium and an economic stimulus package.
In spite of that, Abdul Aziz said they were “gifted” with the declaration of emergency.
He noted that there were Malaysians who were also questioning the need to invoke emergency powers to curb the surge of Covid-19 cases when the Movement Control Order (MCO) was just announced a day earlier. —DayakDaily