Appeal to Agong: Pejuang to submit soon, ‘none’ from Umno

Pejuang will send its letter by tomorrow to beseech His Majesty to withdraw the state of emergency.

Pejuang will send a letter, latest by tomorrow, to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah to beseech for the withdrawal of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021.

The party’s deputy president, Marzuki Yahya, said the letter will represent all four of Pejuang’s parliamentarians.

“We have prepared the letter. Maybe we will send it today or latest by tomorrow,” Marzuki told Malaysiakini.

However, he did not explain whether the letter will be signed by all of Pejuang’s parliamentarians or only by its president Mukhriz Mahathir.

Marzuki, who is a senator, said they are sending the letter because they believe the movement control order (MCO) is sufficient to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic.

The four Pejuang parliamentarians are Langkawi MP Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Jerlun MP Mukhriz, Kubang Pasu MP Amiruddin Hamzah and Sri Gading MP Shahruddin Md Salleh.

Marzuki Yahya

On Jan 14, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had urged opposition MPs to send a letter of appeal to the Agong to ask for the withdrawal of the emergency and for Parliament to convene as soon as possible.

Pakatan Harapan had said that there is no need for an emergency because, it claimed, the ordinance gives the prime minister absolute power to “do anything” and that it damages the check-and-balance process in the country.

A letter representing 95 MPs

Meanwhile, a source close to Anwar told Malaysiakini that as many as 95 MPs are involved in Harapan’s appeal letter to the Agong.

However, only one letter will be issued, instead of 95 separate letters.

The source said that 91 Harapan MPs involved are from PKR, DAP and Amanah, with the other four being independent MPs, who were not named.

Though initially it was said the appeal letter would be sent today, it is now unclear when it would be sent to the Agong.

When contacted by Malaysiakini, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil did not reveal the exact date and time when the letter would be sent.

“We will tell the media later. For now, we have not received any instruction (related to sending the letter),” Fahmi said.

It is also not clear whether there are any Umno parliamentarians who responded to Anwar’s call for an appeal letter to the Agong.

None, says Tajuddin

Asked by Malaysiakini about this matter, Umno election director Tajuddin Abdul Rahman simply said: “None.”

Previously, Umno had called for the powers under Emergency Ordinances to be focused on controlling the spread of Covid-19.

Warisan’s parliamentary whip Rozman Isli told Malaysiakini yesterday that Warisan MPs will not write a letter to the Agong because their president Shafie Apdal has already stated their stand in a press conference.

Rosman Isli

Al-Sultan Abdullah had decreed the state of emergency to be implemented as a proactive step to combat Covid-19.

According to the new Emergency Ordinance, Parliament and elections have been suspended, the government can use private assets to treat Covid-19 patients and the military was given powers to enforce the law.

By : N FAIZAL GHAZALI – MALAYSIAKINI

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