Monday, July 26, 2021

Emergency laws revoked because govt fears Dewan vote, says Najib

Emergency laws revoked because govt fears Dewan vote, says Najib

Najib Razak wants to know why the government did a ‘backdated’ revocation of the Emergency ordinances.

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak has ripped into the government over the backdated revocation of the Emergency ordinances, saying it was running scared of facing a vote in the Dewan Rakyat.

In a Facebook post, Najib questioned why the government backdated the revocation and asked whether the King had approved this move, pointing out that there was no gazette for this decision, too.

He said this meant that all compounds exceeding RM1,000, any government funds spent outside the annual budget and money used from the National Trust Fund (KWAN) since last week were “invalid”.

“Until now, the government has not answered if they got (the King’s) consent despite being asked several times. Why did the Perikatan Nasional government do a backdated revocation?

“The King and the Malay rulers decreed that the ordinances need to be debated, voted and approved in Parliament. The PN government thinks that if it’s revoked, there’s no need for any debate, vote or Parliament approval.

“They really are afraid of a Dewan Rakyat vote. If this is how it’s going to be, how are they going to make any motions or hope to pass the 2022 budget?” asked Najib, who was seated on the government bench in Parliament today.

De facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan today said all ordinances had been revoked as of July 21 because the government decided to cancel them under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

He also told the Dewan Rakyat the government has decided it will not advise the King to extend the state of Emergency, which ends on Aug 1.

Aside from Najib, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had also questioned whether the King had consented to PN’s decision to revoke the ordinances.

Warisan president Shafie Apdal also questioned in the Dewan Rakyat if the government had the right to revoke the ordinances, saying it should be the King to decide and announce its revocation.

Maintaining that Parliament should have reconvened earlier, the Semporna MP said Malaysia had spent around RM800 billion in less than two years in battling the pandemic, adding that other countries did not spend this much but were now better off.

“The problem is with the government, not the people. The rakyat are not confident with this government, due to the (handling of) Covid-19 and the sluggish economy.

“The Emergency was announced in January, and today we came to know that it has since been revoked. Where is the transparency?” he asked.

1 comment:

  1. Najib still sat on the Government side this morning, so he's just attacking .... himself.

    I said Najib Meludah Ke Langit and some Race Supremacist here thinks Nons don't understand Bahasa.