Anwar reveals bipartisan appeal for Agong to lift Emergency or reconvene Parliament

Pakatan has named candidates for special Emergency panel but insists move not endorsement

KUALA LUMPUR : Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today Pakatan Harapan and several government federal lawmakers have submitted a letter appealing for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to rescind his Proclamation of Emergency.

The PKR president alleged that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wrongly advised the Agong on the matter, and suggested that this could have been motivated by a desire to remain in power despite losing majority support in Parliament.null

The letter, which also appealed for the Agong to allow Parliament to convene should the Agong insist on Emergency rule, was submitted yesterday, said Anwar, who is member of parliament for Port Dickson.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to reporters after meeting with the Pakatan Harapan presidential council in Petaling Jaya January 12, 2021. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

“We are not protesting, but appealing to His Royal Highness’ wisdom and hope that he would reassess and reconsider the reasons (to declare Emergency) that were given by the prime minister which are unreasonable,” Anwar said at an online press conference today.

Meanwhile Pakatan Harapan has submitted the names of its lawmakers who will sit in the bipartisan committee to decide the expiry of the Emergency, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.

The Opposition coalition previously said its cooperation would hinge on several conditions that included increased membership and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s guarantee that its views would be given equal weight, as its lawmakers protested against Emergency rule.

While the naming of candidates for the committee indicates a willingness to set aside partisan schism, Anwar insisted the Opposition will continue to appeal for a withdrawal of the Emergency Proclamation.


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