End the emergency, open parliament and jointly restore the country

 

Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations from various backgrounds are deeply concerned and worried about the Covid-19 health crisis which has led to negative implications economically and socially.

 

Since the state of emergency was proclaimed in January 2021, instead of recovering, the Covid-19 health crisis has worsened with unbridled increase in cases, an escalation in the number of deaths and a heavy burden on the national health system.

 

In early June 2021, the government once again had to implement the Movement Control Order (MCO). This has caused anxiety and afflicted numerous difficulties to Malaysians from all walks of life. Clearly, the enforcement of the state of emergency has so far failed to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Without effective checks and balances, the state of emergency has undermined parliamentary democracy in the country. This has led to arbitrary actions by the executive without the necessary accountability.

 

The enforcement of the state of emergency did not lead to positive impact on the Covid-19 health crisis management. The country is not only experiencing a health crisis, but also economic and social crises.

 

Malaysians continue to be burdened without adequate protection. The wellbeing of the family institution is threatened, leading to a variety of psychological and social problems. Children’s education is affected, especially for households that do not have internet access or appropriate devices.

 

Covid-19 vaccination rates are still a long way from reaching the herd immunity that would permit the economic, social and educational sectors to reopen.

 

In view of the highly volatile political situation, the Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations are of the opinion that different approaches and initiatives are required to address the escalating crises. The parliament is the best avenue to resolve these multiple crises.

 

In this regard, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations call for the following recommendations to be implemented to resolve the ongoing crises:

 

1. A parliamentary session shall be convened as soon as possible so that the members of parliament can effectively play the role of checks and balances.

 

2. The state of emergency is not extended beyond 1st August 2021.

 

3. All members of parliament across political divide shall put aside political differences and work together to address the Covid-19 health crisis, revive the economy as well as resolve the social crisis plaguing the country. All parties, particularly the government, must be magnanimous and inclusive by involving all members of parliament in an effort to address the crises.

 

4. Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations as well as professionals, technocrats and experts should be actively involved in addressing the Covid-19 health crisis and other associated crises. These groups should be assigned appropriate roles to jointly contribute towards the recovery of the nation.

 

Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations always strive to do the best for Malaysia and are ready to work together with various parties to resolve the crises that are plaguing the nation.

 

Endorsed by:

1. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)
2. Akademi Literasi Politik (SHIELD)
3. Aliran
4. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
5. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM)
6. Demokrat Kebangsaan
7. G25 Malaysia
8. Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia
9. IMAN Research
10. Interactive Muslimah Association (IMAN)
11. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KLSICCI) Women Entrepreneur Development Committee( WEDC)
12. Kuala Lumpur And Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
13. Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (MAPIM)
14. Malaysia Indian Woman Entrepreneurs and Professional (MiWEPs)
15. Muslim Professionals Forum
16. Pendidikan Ikram Musleh Bhd (IKRAM Musleh)
17. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (GERAK)
18. Persatuan Belia Harmoni Malaysia (Harmoni Malaysia)
19. Persatuan IKRAM Akademia Malaysia (IKRAM Academia)
20. Persatuan Kebajikan Aafiyah Shah Alam
21. Persatuan Kebajikan Prihatin Negeri Kelantan
22. Persatuan Kesihatan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM Health)
23. Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PATRIOT)
24. Persatuan Penduduk Petaling jaya (MYPJ)
25. Persatuan Profesional Kewangan Muslim Malaysia (MFP)
26. Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (PROHAM)
27. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
28. Persatuan Wanita Impian Negeri Sabah (WINS)
29. Pertubuhan al-Nur Negeri Kelantan
30. Pertubuhan Iqra Malaysia
31. Pertubuhan Kesejahteraan Psikospiritual Malaysia (PKPM)
32. Pertubuhan Mawaddah Malaysia
33. Pertubuhan Muafakat Sabah
34. Pertubuhan Pemuda GEMA Malaysia (Pemuda GEMA)
35. Pertubuhan Pendidikan Progresif Kuching
36. Pertubuhan Penulis Isu Isu Wanita Nasional (PENAWAN)
37. Pertubuhan Rangkaian Pembangunan Kesinambungan Malaysia
38. Pertubuhan Teratak Rahmah Wanita Islam (TERATAI)
39. Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR)
40. Research And Information Centre On Islam (RICOI)
41. Sisters in Islam
42. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
43. Tamil Foundation Malaysia
44. The United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia ( JIAO ZONG)
45. United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong)
46. Yayasan Atfal Jannah
47. Yayasan Ikram Malaysia
48. Yayasan Takmir Pendidikan

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