Dr Mahathir says proposed forming Mageran similar to 1969 Emergency during audience with Agong

Dr Mahathir says proposed forming Mageran similar to 1969 Emergency during audience with Agong

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad waves at members of the media as he leaves Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur June 10, 2021.  — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad waves at members of the media as he leaves Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur June 10, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today revealed that he has suggested the formation of a National Operations Council during his audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong earlier today.

The 95-year-old explained that forming the council, better known by its Malay abbreviation Mageran, could potentially steer the country towards the right direction and help solve the health, economic, and social issues currently plaguing the country.

He said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah did not dismiss his suggestion outright, but pointed out that such a call must come from the government.

“I raised the issue with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong where we could form a special body, a Mageran, like how it was done during the last Emergency during 1969.

“But I am not confident the current government will form a Mageran, because right from the start they did not want to have a Mageran; to the government is running properly, all the issues have been solved,” he said in a virtual press conference this afternoon.

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