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Resign now if you disagree with Emergency, Wong Chen tells Cabinet

By FMT Reporters (24 Oktober 2021) PETALING JAYA: A PKR lawmaker has challenged Cabinet members under the Perikatan Nasional-led government to resign if they disagree with the speculated move by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to declare an Emergency in the country. Subang MP Wong Chen said this in a Facebook post last night, calling for them “to do the honourable thing and resign now.” “If you continue to side with the prime minister, know that if an Emergency is indeed declared, your inaction and stance will contribute to the erosion of the rule of law and fundamental rights in Malaysia,” he said.

He also appealed to all MPs currently aligned with the PN government who “took a solemn oath to defend the Federal Constitution.”

“For those MPs who are non-Cabinet members you must revisit that oath now, instead of blindly supporting this Emergency path. “It is not too late to change your stance but you must do it publicly and promptly, or your inaction will cripple Parliament, the august house that gives you your own political legitimacy,” Wong said.

He also reminded them of the legacy they will leave behind if they support the PM on this issue.

“Stand on the right side of history. Change your position now and together, a non-partisan majority of MPs can put an immediate end to this manufactured Emergency crisis.” Wong said that there was no justification to use the surge in Covid-19 cases to declare an Emergency when an enhanced lockdown was sufficient.

He also urged all his constituents to stay calm in the wake of all the speculation about an Emergency being declared.

“Do not panic buy but instead just stay home with your loved ones and pray for this nation,” he said. “Have faith that whatever happens in the days to come, the Federal Constitution and democracy will prevail and those who seek to subvert the rakyat will be brought to answer for their actions.”

Speculation about a possible partial declaration of a state of emergency arose when Muhyiddin sought an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Kuantan yesterday.

Parliament’s year-end meeting will start on Nov 2, with the 2021 Budget due to be tabled on Nov 6. Failure to have the Budget passed by the Dewan Rakyat would result in the fall of the government.