Pakatan Harapan rejects Mageran, urging Parliament to reopen
KUALA LUMPUR — The Pakatan Harapan presidential council has sidelined the idea to introduce Magaeran as mooted by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Based on a statement, it said that the party upholds principles of parliamentary democracy and rejects the proposal to set up Mageran based on their consistent stand that the emergency should end immediately and Parliament should reopen.
They added the solution to the people’s problems such as Covid-19, the economy, and even politics, requires a well-functioning democracy. Parliament is the best space to listen to the voice of the rakyat and find a solution.
The statement was signed by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
After meeting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Dr Mahathir proposed that a National Operations Council, or Mageran, be established like in 1969.
Mageran was formed 1969 after the May 13 race riots.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister’s principal private secretary Dr Marzuki Mohamad said that to set up Mageran is a step backwards which would inhibit the plans of the government and the efforts of the civil service, frontliners, industry players and all rakyat to restore the country from the current health and economic crises.
“With the right mechanisms in place to handle the pandemic, he said things would return to normal once herd immunity is achieved before the end of the year.
“By that time, we will be seeing a more vibrant political and democratic process – not just for Parliament to reconvene, but even to hold an election.” he added.