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#TamatDarurat is trending again on Twitter. Here’s why

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KUALA LUMPUR – With the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, many opposition MPs and netizens expressed their concerns over the country’s preparedness in handling the crisis with the hashtag #TamatDarurat.

#TamatDarurat was first initiated by Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad on March 12 as a petition to the King to withdraw the declaration of an emergency. It quickly gained widespread support from the public and politicians, including Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Lembah Pantai MP Fadmi Fadzil and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah.

#tamatdarurat is trending again on twitter. Here's why
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According to the #TamatDarurat website, it has now received more than 35,000 signatures.

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The call to end the state of emergency was first trending on Twitter back in March, but it has made a strong comeback now. Why? Here are a few reasons:

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COVID-19 cases are still increasing

When the government declared a state of emergency in January, its purpose was to control the pandemic. However, recent statistics show that it is going in the wrong direction even after more than three months of darurat in place.

Some also said that it had lost its relevance.

Accusations of double standards

Since the closure of Parliament, there has been an explosion of news accusing politicians of violating the SOPs (e.g. travelling interstate, not wearing face masks) but faced little to no repercussions. In contrast, struggling citizens were slapped with crushing compounds amounting up to RM10,000.

“Reopen Parliament now!”

Members of Parliament were among the first to receive two doses of the vaccine, making their risk of infection significantly lower than that of the general public.

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Ironically, Parliament remains closed while schools, restaurants, bars, and beauty salons are allowed to resume operations, raising questions over the real intentions of Parliament’s inactivity.

Mounting crisis of confidence

Evidence from previous emergency orders showed that investor and consumer confidence dropped sharply, The Malaysian Insight (TMI) reported. Malaysia has also seen a massive exodus of multinational companies (MNCs) such as Citibank and IBM from the local market and bringing their business elsewhere.

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Sources: Twitter, Cover image via Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia and Astro Awani

Editor: Raymond Chen
Proofreader: Sarah Yeoh