We will be there tomorrow in Parliament: DAP Sec-Gen Guan Eng

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.8.2021:

For Those Mps Who Are Afraid, They Need Not Come To Parliament, Let Those Who Do Not Fear But Fear More For The Future Of The Lives And Livelihood Of Our People To Attend Parliament.

DAP condemns the unconstitutional postponement of Parliament as a desperate attempt by Prime Minister Mahiaddin Md Yassin to prevent full accountability and transparency over his failure to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis and confrontation with the King with misleading and manipulative tactics to desperately hang on to power following the loss of his Parliamentary majority.

As Malaysians mark the end of the Emergency, we count the huge cost of this failed attempt to mask the naked grab for power by PN and Prime Minister Mahiaddin Md Yassin, under the guise of containing the frightening escalation of COVID-19 infections and deaths. On the day the Emergency was proclaimed on 12 January, there were 3,309 cases and 4 deaths with a cumulative 141,533 cases and 559 deaths.

Since then, the cumulative number of cases have surged 8 times and the cumulative death toll a shocking 16 times in a short period of six and a half months. On 31 July the daily cases surged to a record high of 17,785 and 165 deaths, with cumulative  cases of 1,113,272 and a death toll of 9,004. Clearly the period during the Emergency caused the cases to jump and did not help to make any impact to reduce the number COVID-19 infections and deaths.

And yet the Federal government continues to blame the rakyat for not complying with the COVID-19 SOPs, when Ministers themselves are the main culprits; policy flip-flops and U-turns that favour big companies to operate more than the small businesses, especially the Small Medium Enterprises;  refuses to admit responsibility for delays in vaccine procurement and delivery which could have avoided thousands of deaths; double-standards in the issuance of approval letters for businesses to operate from the Ministries and letting political partisanship trump professional expertise in the management of COVID-19 infection.

This exercise of mass deception is so ingrained in the PN government that they have even misled the King and usurped his powers over the revocation of Emergency Ordinances. The King was so offended that a royal rebuke in the strongest possible terms was publicly delivered against Ministers, Attorney-General and the government for the first time in history. There was no expression of remorse by the PN government when no apology was offered, much less any willingness to resign for this act of “lese majeste” against the King.

Despite the King commanding that Parliament should decide and debate on the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances, the Parliamentary meeting on Monday has been postponed and Parliament locked down by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohamad Rashid Hasnon on the pretext of COVID-19. The Speaker Azhar Harus has clearly put on false pretences by deceiving the Opposition bloc of MPs when he told a delegation led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim last Thursday that he wanted Parliament to continue sitting on Monday.

It is ridiculous for the Prime Minister to lock down Parliament just because of 11 cases of COVID-19 out of 1,183 tests or a positivity rate of 0.9%, way below the World Health Organisation threshold of 5%. When factories are closed because COVID-19 positive cases are detected, the factories reopen after two days and proper sanitisation. Why was sanitisation not done last Friday so that Parliament can reopen on Monday?

Further when the first screening tests were conducted on 23 July before Parliament met on 26 July, there were 53 positive cases out of 1,925 tests or a positivity rate of 2.8% and yet Parliament met without any interference on 26 July. Why can Parliament meet when the positivity rate is 2.8% but not when it is 0.9%? Clearly it is not based on science and data as claimed by Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri but seeking power and position; not concern over health but over political survival.

Clearly the Prime Minister is fearful of Parliament debating the King’s public statement and that a majority of MPs will express full support for the King against the Prime Minister. Or he is afraid that a majority of MPs will show their loss of confidence in him following the loss of confidence in his leadership by the King. The Prime Minister may be fearful of Parliamentary meetings but MPs are not.

A majority of the MPs are not afraid to meet despite the COVID-19 scare because the life of the country, our Federal Constitution, our people and the future of the country led by the right leadership that does not lie to both people and the King is of more importance. For those MPs who are afraid, they need not come to Parliament, let those who do not fear but fear more for the future of the lives and livelihood of our people to attend Parliament. We shall be there tomorrow in Parliament.

LIM GUAN ENG


民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2021年8月1日在吉隆坡发表的文告:

那些害怕的国会议员们,他们大可以不来国会,就让那些不害怕的国会议员出席国会,因为后者更担忧人民的未来和生计。

针对国会违宪延期一事,民主行动党予以严厉谴责。首相马希亚丁如今正孤注一掷,借由国会延期来逃脱他未能处理好冠病疫情和经济危机的责任。为求维系那已失去国会多数优势的政权,他以种种误导和操纵的手段来瞒天过海,甚至不惜公然对抗国家元首。

马来西亚的紧急状态虽然已经结束,但所有马来西亚却因为国盟以及首相马希亚丁的无能和赤裸裸地夺权而付出惨重的代价。这段时间以来,冠病确诊和死亡人数节节上升,实在令人触目惊心。1月12日宣布紧急状态的当天,出现3309例确诊以及4死亡病例,当时全国累计14万1533例病例和559例死亡。

此后,短短6个半月的时间里,累计病例数激增8倍,累计死亡人数达到惊人的16倍。 7 月 31 日,每日病例激增至创纪录的1万7785人和165人死亡,累计病例为111万3272人,死亡人数则为9004人。紧急状态期间确诊和死亡人数反而大幅提升,显然它根本无法产生任何影响,无助于降低确诊和死亡病例。

然而,联邦政府却还继续指责人民不遵守防疫标准作业程序,事实上,部长本身才是罪魁祸首;政策朝令夕改以及U转,而且多数有利于大公司而非小型企业,尤其是中小型企业;疫苗采购缓慢,而且延迟交付,但却拒绝承担责任,如果做好这环原本可以避免数千人的死亡;各部门发放营业批准证给企业时持双重标准,并让政治凌驾专业。

根植于国盟政府内的大规模欺骗做法,使得他们甚至误导国家元首,并篡夺国家元首撤销紧急法令的权力。国家元首感到受冒犯,以至于历史上第一次公开的对部长、总检察长和政府发出最强烈的皇室训斥声明。国盟政府既不道歉,也未表示任何悔意,更别提有意为他们冒犯国家元首的行为而辞职谢罪。

尽管国家元首谕令国会应针对撤销紧急法令进行辩论,但首相和副议长拿督莫哈末拉昔却以新冠肺炎为借口,将原定于周一举行的国会会议推迟并封锁国会。议长阿兹哈上周四告知反对党领袖安华率领的代表团,指他希望国会可在周一继续开会的说词,显然是欺骗反对党的虚假理由。

首相仅仅因为在1183个筛检样本中发现11宗确诊,或0.9%阳性率(远低于世界卫生组织的5%阈值)就封锁国会,是荒谬的做法。当工厂出现确诊病例而关闭,但在完成适当消毒后的两天即可重开,那为何国会没有在上周五进行消毒,以便可在周一重新开放?

此外,在7月26日复会前,国会在7月23日进行第一次筛检,在1925个样本中发现53宗确诊,阳性率为2.8%,但这无阻国会于7月26日复会。为何当阳性率为2.8%时,国会可以复会,却在阳性率为0.9%时必须关闭?显然,这并不是像副首相依斯迈所声称的,是根据科学和数据来做决定,而是为了寻求权力和地位才下此决定。这无关健康,而是政治生存。

显然,首相是害怕国会对国家元首的公开声明进行辩论,而大部分国会议员会全力支持国家元首,而非首相。又或者是,他担心大多数国会议员会随着国家元首对他的领导失去信心后,也跟着对他失去信心。首相或许害怕国会会议,但国会议员并不。

尽管出现新冠肺炎恐吓,但大部分的国会议员并不害怕出席会议,因为国家命运、联邦宪法、人民、以及由不会欺骗人民和国家元首的正确领导班子来领导国家未来,更为重要。那些害怕的国会议员们,他们大可以不来国会,就让那些不害怕的国会议员出席国会,因为后者更担忧人民的未来和生计。我们明天国会见!

林冠英

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