Soo shoots down Tun M’s idea of forming National Operations Council to tackle Covid-19

Lina Soo

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 13: Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) president Lina Soo has criticised former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for trying to regain power by proposing the National Operations Council (NOC) and volunteered to lead it to fight Covid-19.

Soo, in a statement today, said to create a special authority now to manage the state of Emergency following the model of the NOC formed to administer the 1969 Emergency is clearly untenable and oddly out of context.

“To constitute a Council or advisory body to rule at a time of crisis, His Majesty, (the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah) can only act upon advice from the government represented by Prime Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) or a minister acting under the authority of the Cabinet.

“Should Prime Minister Muhyiddin proffers to advise YPDA to constitute a special Council, be it NOC, or by any other name, this would be an admission on the part of the federal government of their colossal failure to manage the health crisis and their incompetence to steer the country to economic recovery,” she said.

Soo hoped that His Majesty would in all wisdom guide the country to normalcy and stability through the difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic and reduce the suffering of the people.

She also opined that the Parliament needed to reconvene as all the Members of Parliament have been vaccinated and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the prevention of Covid-19 are in place. — DayakDaily