‘Bulldoze’ govt-PH MoU by July 31: Ahmad Maslan
Umno sec-gen accuses Pakatan Harapan of violating agreement by voting against Sosma motion
(The Vibes) – Just “bulldoze” the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the government and opposition bloc Pakatan Harapan (PH) by July 31, said Umno leader Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan while claiming that PH first “violated” the agreement when it voted against the Sosma provision last month.
The party’s secretary-general claimed PH needed to back the government’s motion to extend a provision in the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), but the opposition did not do so.
He told The Star that there was no need to continue the MoU until the general election, which Umno’s top brass is pushing to be called this year.
Opposition MPs, when voting against the Sosma motion, slammed the government’s move to renew a provision allowing authorities to detain suspects for 28 days without trial under the law.
They warned that it would grant excessive powers to authorities without sufficient oversight by the courts.
Ahmad added that the MoU was signed on the back of the pandemic and aimed to assist the country’s economic recovery.
“Now, we are transitioning to endemicity and our economy is recovering. Based on that, we no longer need MoU 2.0.”
He also accused PH of eyeing access to allocations and being eager to renew the MoU.