Dr M says he’s appealed to King to end Emergency

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he has, in his personal capacity, sent a letter to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah appealing for an end to the declaration of Emergency.

He said the latest letter was sent on May 31, following another letter which was sent to the Conference of Rulers by his political party Pejuang (Parti Pejuang Tanah Air) in January.

“I’ve written in my personal capacity for the King to intervene and solve the people’s problems but even that has not gotten an answer from Istana Negara.”

Dr Mahathir, who is Pejuang chairman and former prime minister, had previously claimed that the Malays were dissatisfied with the Rulers as they were suffering due to the Emergency.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the latest letter was sent on May 31, following another letter which was sent to the Conference of Rulers by his political party Pejuang (Parti Pejuang Tanah Air) in January. -NSTP File Pix

“We believe that rulers are the protectors or the umbrella for the people who are disappointed at being unable to get help from the government, so who else do they look to in order to solve their problems. If not the rulers or government, who else do they have?”

Dr Mahathir said writing the appeal was the only thing he and fellow lawmakers could do.

He however reiterated that has neither received a reply nor an invitation for an audience.

Apart from Pejuang, members of parliament from Pakatan Harapan have also appealed to an end to the state of Emergency.

On April 20, Parti Amanah Negara’s Khalid Samad went to the Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum requesting for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the subject.

By : Veena Babulal, Adib Povera – NST

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