State of Emergency in Malaysia: To stop Covid-19 or Anwar Ibrahim

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It is being reported that the government of Malaysia is seeking to implement an emergency in Malaysia in the name of the coronavirus pandemic. When the rest of the Asian states have partially opened the lockdown and the restrictions, imposing a state of emergency in the name of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia is doubtful. On the other hand, Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s opposition leader, has set his motion to claim the PM seat by formally presenting documents to the King. To form a new government, he has majority support in the Parliament. It seems that the motive behind imposing an emergency is to stop Anwar Ibrahim from proceeding to the parliament next week. Measures are being taken to curb the parliamentary process. If an emergency is imposed, it would be an abuse of power because the government knows that it would fail to demonstrate majority support in the parliament and is making covid-19 pandemic as an excuse. A state of emergency is imposed only when there is a threat to national security. It would lead to dictatorship. The government should not abuse the use of power for self interest and selfish purposes. For an effective and efficient government, there should be transparency, accountability and the government should not resort to undemocratic measures to remain in power.

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