Refer to constitution before commenting on Emergency, Annuar tells Anwar

BN secretary-general Annuar Musa (left) said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim should read Article 150 of the Federal Constitution which explains the various types of emergencies.

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa advised Port Dickson MP Anwar Ibrahim to refer to the Federal Constitution before issuing any statement on speculations that the government would declare a state of emergency yesterday.

Annuar, who is also Barisan Nasional secretary-general, said the PKR president should read Article 150 of the Federal Constitution which explains the various types of emergencies.

“When matters which touch on the issue of national security, economy and others are listed, their interpretations must be referred to the legal experts. Does this Covid-19 pandemic not fall under the emergency and security category?

“Thirty-two countries around the world have already declared a state of emergency.

“Malaysia has yet to do so because we feel we can still manage the country … then too, I still didn’t say the government will declare a state of emergency,” he told reporters while checking on the MyGrocer @ Wilayah operations at the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kampung Baru Air Panas, Setapak, here today.

He was commenting on the statement yesterday by Anwar, who reportedly said a declaration of emergency was only made when there was an element of threat to national security. Anwar said if the government was the source of the security threat, then emergency measures would be a step backwards that would allow dictatorship.

Annuar said the government had not decided on the declaration of emergency in the country and it needed the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong before it was implemented.

‘’When one mentions emergencies, the public imagines a ‘curfew’, like the emergency during May 13, but we forget the floods in Manik Urai, Kelantan, some time ago.

“Why did the government not declare an emergency? That is called a flood emergency and there are various types of emergencies.

“Regardless, we wait … the government has not made any decision because everything must follow the law. If the government has not made any decision, but we have imposed punishment by saying the government wants to be a dictator, that I think is not fair,” he said.

However, Annuar said if the government decides to declare a state of emergency, it must have a proper explanation, such as the specification (or type) of emergency and who would rule the country during the implementation of the emergency.

“I see Anwar’s statement as that of a layman. He said there was nothing that was disturbing public order.

“Rightly, don’t punish before things happen … he himself predicts and he himself metes out the punishment. That is not good. I think that is an unethical act.

“Furthermore, Anwar has to accept the fact that he is also involved in causing this current crisis,” he said.

A total of 178 public and private housing areas in Kuala Lumpur will benefit from the MyGrocer @ Wilayah programme, which is a mobile market selling items for the kitchen and daily basic food at low prices to reduce the cost of living for the low-income group (B40).