by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA
THE Presidential Council of Pakatan Harapan is rejecting the proposal of a National Operations Council (Mageran), which was brought forward by former prime minister and Parti Pejuang Tanah Air chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The presidential council is formed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and Democratic Action Party president Lim Guan Eng.
In a statement today, they said as a party that upholds the principles of parliamentary democracy, the rejection is based on the coalition’s position that it is necessary to terminate the State of Emergency immediately as well as the reopening of the parliament.
“Solutions to the problems in issues such as Covid-19, economics, and even politics require a well-functioning democracy, and the best space to hear the voice of the people as well as seek the solution is in parliament,” they said.
Dr Mahathir’s proposal was made before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Thursday, to address issues that the country is facing, namely in relation to Covid-19.
He believed Mageran could resolve these issues.
Dr Mahathir was also confident with his proposal due to the success of the Mageran in 1969, which managed to stabilise racial conflicts at the time.
He also added that bodies like Mageran are better able to ensure that the number of infections and deaths are reduced due to its diverse lineup formed by not only politicians, but specialists like epidemiologists and such.