State of Emergency “unnecessary,” worsen the economy: Jomo

by NUR HANANI AZMAN/ file pic by TMR

THE state of emergency and movement control order (MCO) is not necessary to curb the Covid-19 pandemic and it has, in fact worsened the economy further,  according to an economist.

Prominent economist Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram described the state of Emergency as having an ulterior motive, rather than to curb the pandemic outbreaks.

“An unnecessary emergency declaration has shaken investors’ confidence especially among local investors,

“Covid-19 does not drag our economy, but the decision made by the government includes an emergency declaration and MCO worsen the economy,” he told reporters in a press conference today.

Earlier, Committee to End Emergency chairperson Khalid Samad chaired a discussion on the impact of emergency towards the economy.

Khalid said he will go to the palace tomorrow (April 20) on this matter.

The Emergency Ordinance was implemented on January 14, 2021 and will last until August 1 2021.

Prior to this, deputy Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has called for the formation of a Special Emergency Cabinet that would function with limited powers, as well as a Bipartisan Special Parliamentary Committee that could provide check and balance during the current state of emergency.

In her letter dated Feb 17 addressed to the Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Idrus Harun, Azalina also questioned the suspension of Parliament, saying she is “bewildered” over the lack of efforts to facilitate Parliament sittings.