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MP SPEAKS | Emergency: The only logical thing for PM to do

Ali Biju

Published
Modified 13 Jan 2021, 12:44 pm

MP SPEAKS | Yesterday, the nation witnessed a stunning manoeuvre by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin when he invoked an emergency declaration as allowed by our Constitution. It caught many, if not all of us, by surprise. I, for one, was pleasantly surprised and yet not quite surprised because it resonated with exactly how I have been feeling for a while.

The nation is in crisis. A vicious pandemic, a devastated economy caused by the drastic measures we had to take to combat this unforgiving pandemic, and political uncertainties that threaten to destabilise our government. This triple whammy simply cannot be allowed to run unchecked. Strong leadership is needed in such crucial and drastic times. The PM demonstrated that leadership amply.

A responsible government listens to the voice of the people and acts on it. From Bersih to many level-headed political commentators, the common call has been that the government should avoid calling a general election anytime soon. Some quarters, on the contrary, are pushing for the nation to go to the polls as soon as possible. That is insanity...

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