by BERNAMA/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE Perikatan Nasional government had to take immediate action to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic without first tabling it in Dewan Rakyat.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) said the public needed immediate assistance as they were faced with a difficult and complicated situation and could not wait for the Parliament sitting which began today.
“The main problem we faced was the question of managing and tackling COVID-19 and generally, the public knew in this difficult and complicated situation, the government had no choice. In fact, I myself felt that immediate action had to be taken even though the Parliament sitting had not begun,” he said.
Muhyiddin was replying to a supplementary question from opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) on why members of Parliament were not given the opportunity to have an open debate on the large allocations announced by the government including in the recovery of the country’s economy post COVID-19