'No to NOC' video by PM's aide bewilders DAP

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'No to NOC' video by PM's aide bewilders DAP
'No to NOC' video by PM's aide bewilders DAP

The decision by the prime minister's political secretary to upload his speech on why a 1969 National Operations Council-style government is unnecessary now has bewildered the DAP.

In a statement today, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said his party found the video clip by Marzuki Mohamad "bizarre".

He explained that the then council - also known by its Malay acronym, Mageran - had ruled the country as a dictatorship from 1969 to 1971 following race riots.

"No Pakatan Harapan party nor any political party for that matter has suggested the formation of a NOC-type government.

"This raises more questions on whether PN is in control of running the government," he said.

Marzuki's 10-minute video clip was uploaded at 8pm yesterday where he alleged that there were people suggesting that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong form a new NOC.

He argued that this was unnecessary as times were different and that the country was currently facing a "health emergency" rather than a "security emergency" which necessitated an NOC in 1969.

Lim speculated that Marzuki's video was an attempt to divert attention from the eroding public confidence in the latter's boss, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng

Coupled with Special Functions Minister Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof's claim that he was being sidelined in the government's Covid-19 programmes along with an apparent spat between Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and International Trade and Industry Minister Azmin Ali, Lim argued that recent developments had shown the dysfunctional nature of Muhyiddin's government.

"When ministers cannot harmonise their decisions in cabinet meetings, the government is totally incapable of uniting the people to fight and win the battle against Covid-19.

"Malaysians face a possible dystopian future of great injustice and suffering with such a dysfunctional and disunited government," said Lim.

It has since been revealed that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad mooted the revival of a NOC.

Meanwhile, Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang alleged that Muhyiddin was using Marzuki to express his reservations about the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s various meetings with political leaders to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic

"Nobody would imagine that the prime minister’s principal private secretary would emerge publicly to make such a statement if he had not been instructed to do so by the prime minister.

“Why can’t the prime minister make these points himself instead of having to make use of his principal private secretary?” asked Kit Siang in a statement.

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Muhyiddin's fate and a National Operations Council

Dr M reveals suggesting NOC governance, offers to serve

'No to Mageran' video by PM's aide bewilders DAP

Who's calling for NOC? - Puad slams PM's aide over 'diversion'

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