Home Civil Society Voices Sorry state of Malaysia’s democracy after Parliament blockade

Sorry state of Malaysia’s democracy after Parliament blockade

Join us on Telegram and Instagram for the latest.

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is extremely alarmed over the state of Malaysia’s democracy after yesterday’s sudden Parliament closure, which saw hundreds of MPs being denied entry to the august House.

This act is seen as deliberately preventing and subverting our democratic systems and the necessary checks and balances by undermining the role of parliamentarians for the sake of political expediency.

Deploying the Federal Reserve Unit and heavy police presence to block the people’s representatives from exercising their constitutional duties is disproportionate, unwarranted and clearly a violation of democracy and against the Constitution.

Parliament is supposed to be the pillar of democracy, but Malaysians have seen more targeted and oppressive tactics to silence dissenting voices.

We came to know that the health director general, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, and Health Minister Dr Adham Baba were at Parliament yesterday to discuss issues regarding the prolonged lockdown and other Covid matters with the Public Accounts Committee. This directly goes against the justification provided for the closure, which was the detection of Covid cases in Parliament.

The rakyat need to hear the views of all parliamentarians in response to the various ongoing crises in Malaysia. Covid will be with us for the foreseeable future; hence parliamentarians need to set a good example of ensuring the continuation of work and business during this pandemic in a safe and enabling environment.

Wathshlah G Naidu is executive director of the Centre for Independent Journalism

Thanks for dropping by! The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Most Read

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x