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Saturday, July 31, 2021

You are ignorant and rude, Anwar slams those shrugging off EO revocation


Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says the Malay Rulers are not just a rubber stamp.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has branded as ignorant and rude  the parties that defended the government over the revocation of the emergency ordinances (EOs) without royal consent.

In a video live-streamed on his Facebook page tonight, Anwar said some parties tried to trivialise the matter by saying it was just “a technical issue” played up by the opposition in Parliament.

The PKR president told them to read the Istana Negara statement issued yesterday carefully, pointing out that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had clearly said that the government had sidelined the Constitution and his role as the head of the nation.

“This was the palace’s statement. What were the replies of some political leaders? That this was just a technical issue. Isn’t this rude?” he said, in what seemed to be a jibe against Islamist party PAS.

“The Malay Rulers aren’t just a rubber stamp with no room to speak or give their views.

“When they (the government) are reprimanded, it’s a technical issue. This is ignorance and they do not respect the (royal) institution,” he said.

At the end of the livestream, Anwar reiterated his call for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his entire Cabinet to take responsibility and resign over the fiasco.

Following the palace’s statement yesterday, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the Islamist party would continue backing Muhyiddin and supporting every decision made by the Cabinet.

PAS central working committee member Nik Amar Nik Abdullah also reportedly said that the controversy surrounding the revocation of the emergency ordinances (EO) is “not a big issue” and was just a technical matter that could be corrected.

Bersatu Youth also stood by the government’s decision to revoke the emergency ordinances, but said it always upheld the constitutional monarchy, the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law. - FMT

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