Thursday, January 14, 2021

No PhD required to understand emergency declaration

There is a time for politics and there is a time to prioritise our lives and well-being.

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I do not have a PhD. I am just a regular Joe armed with nothing more than a diploma, eking out a living during these hard pandemic times. Recently, I was told that unless I have a PhD, I will not be able to understand why we need to have elections. And the words came from no less than an MP and a former deputy minister, Ahmad Maslan.

I did not have the privilege of pursuing an education higher than what I had already achieved. Maybe my lack of education has blinded me and millions of other Malaysians from understanding the complexity of why we need to have an election when the pandemic is at its peak with almost the entire country on lockdown.

As far as I am concerned, the Sabah election last year sparked the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Malaysia and the spread has not stopped. In fact, it has gotten worse. It doesn’t take a PhD holder to understand that when it comes to SOP adherence, Malaysians have a tendency to take things lightly.

In fact, I’d venture to say that those whose heads are in the clouds, including some PhD holders and MPs, are not in touch with ground realities, preferring textbook solutions and ideas.

How Ahmad Maslan can theorise that an election is necessary when the pandemic is at its worst, is beyond me. But without holding a PhD, I can understand why the King declared an emergency yesterday.

And why shouldn’t His Majesty? Just days after the Pulai MP, who obtained a CGPA of 3.85 in university (much better than mine) said the lower educated Malaysians cannot understand why we need to have snap polls, the backroom political maneuvering shifted into high gear.

Several Umno MPs withdrew their support for PM Muhyiddin Yassin. By robbing the PM of numerical support, these legislators hope to trigger a general election, in the process repeating the Covid-19 SOP lapses during the Sabah polls, but on a national scale.

His Majesty did right when he acceded to the Cabinet’s request to impose a national emergency, effectively suspending Parliament and preempting the need to hold snap polls. Lives are saved and our healthcare upheld in one swoop.

I don’t have a PhD but I understand the logic of the emergency declaration. There is a time for politics and there is a time to prioritise our lives and well-being. Now is the time for the latter. Perhaps this is something that people like Ahmad Maslan, who also does not have a PhD, cannot grasp.

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