First emergency, now CMCO, Anwar queries government’s decision

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Opposition Chief, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during the Dewan Rakyat sitting at the Parliament. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 13 JULY 2020. state of emergency CMCO MCO
Opposition Chief, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during the Dewan Rakyat sitting at the Parliament. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 13 JULY 2020.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – Opposition Chief cum the Member of Parliament (MP) of Port Dickson, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim alleged that the people have started to question the validity on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) announced by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.

He said, open data is needed to implement the movement restrictions so that public have faith that the government made decisions based on health and safety issues and not politically motivated.

“The MCO and CMCO issues, if you ask the Speaker, he said that it was handed down by MOH (Ministry of Health) and we shouldn’t debate on that. That’s not true. We have healthcare experts questioning that too.

“The implementation of CMCO in Selangor is also unsure, for example, in Hulu Selangor, Sabak Bernam, suddenly, it was imposed on the whole state. Why? This affects the economic activities. We can debate these things.

“We accept the sacrifices made by the frontliners of MOH. We would not argue about that but all other countries out there can debate on the need for elective lock down.

“Remember, the loss of jobs and economic crisis are very serious,” he said while debating the Budget 2021 after it was presented at the Dewan Rakyat last Friday.

“We support the strict enforcement from all relevant parties but the people also questioned how some VVIPs got away from the law but civilians were punished?

“Should the implementation drag on. Do an open data. There must be transparency here. The people wants to know. With open and valid information, the people would be more confident with whatever the government is doing.

“Implement CMCO here and there. MCO when the government is ‘weak’. If not the state of emergency, then, you implement the CMCO. Give detailed examples. I don’t want to question about security and health but we need to ensure that people don’t question,” said Anwar, who is also the President of PKR. –MalaysiaGazette

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