Mukhriz to submit a private motion to defer national polls

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By Adrian Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18: Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is poised to submit a Private Member’s Motion to seek the postponement of a general election due to the risks posed by Covid-19 in the country.

Mukhriz said he will file an amendment in accordance with Article 55 (3) of the Federal Constitution about the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat under Standing Orders 18 and Standing Orders 14 of the Dewan Rakyat sitting.

“The purpose of the motion is to allow the federal government to defer the organising of a general election due to security and public health reasons.

“It is necessary because the current legislation does not prevent a general election from being postponed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Besides, there were proposals by government officials which outlined that a general election can only be postponed with the declaration of a state of emergency” he said during the debate on Budget 2021 in Parliament here today.

Mukhriz pointed out that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government must concentrate its efforts on curbing the potentially fatal Covid-19 rather than spend time on politicking.

Earlier, he commended the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for turning down the proposal by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Federal Cabinet to declare a state of emergency in the country.

Mukhriz claimed that the PN government is not a legitimate government and that their move to pressure the King to declare an emergency must be stopped. — DayakDaily