|Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah has decided that there is no need to declare a state of emergency in Malaysia.
The King in a statement issued by Istana Negara on Sunday (Oct 25), is of the opinion that there is unnecessary to declare a state of emergency in any part of the country.
He also reminded all politicians to stop all forms of politicking that could disrupt the country administration and stability, said the Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.
Perikatan Nasional Government Is Doing Well
“Sultan Abdullah also said that there was no need for Members of Parliament to continue their irresponsible actions that could disrupt the stability of the existing government, ” he said in a statement on Sunday (Oct 25).
Then, he mentioned that the Malay rulers had gone through the proposal to declare a state of emergency. As a result, they felt that the current Perikatan Nasional government has managed the Covid-19 pandemic effectively. Hence, the King has decided not to accede to Muhyiddin’s request to declare a state of emergency.
Besides, the King also voiced his concern over the escalating Covid-19 cases, but said he was confident that the nation could overcome the third wave of infections by working together.
The King also believed that the government is capable to implement policies and enforcement measures to control the pandemic from spreading.
Moreover, The King stressed that the 2021 Budget is very crucial to the people in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and to restore the country’s economy.
The statement also mentioned that the financial allocation is very much needed for the front liners to carry out their duties and responsibilities accordingly.
The 2021 Budget is scheduled to be tabled in the Parliament on Nov 6.
Declare of Emergency
Last Friday (Oct 23), Muhyiddin Yassin had chaired a cabinet meeting following the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country. After the meeting, he went to Pahang to present the King with the plan to declare the state of emergency.
Muhyiddin had requested the proclamation of emergency under Article 150(1) and proclamation of Emergency (Essential Powers 2020) Ordinance pursuant to Article 150 (2B) of the Federal Constitution to combat the threat of the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
According to speculation, declaration of a state of emergency would allow Muhyiddin to avoid any no-confidence motion in the Parliament. Certainly, he would also be able to avoid tabling the 2021 Budget.
In fact, if the Member of Parliaments votes against the 2021 Budget, the government would automatically fall.
Emergency Power Bid Shows Incompetence
Meanwhile, the President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Anwar Ibrahim has accused the government of incompetence. He said the incompetence was revealed by its widely speculated move for emergency powers to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the whole world is looking for ways to manage the pandemic and reopen their economies safely. However, Malaysia is heading in the opposite direction.
Furthermore, Anwar accused the PN government would fail to demonstrate majority support in Parliament. He said Muhyiddin is using the pandemic crisis as an excuse to justify its abuse of power.
According to the Malaysia Constitutional experts, the Parliament can be suspended during an emergency. The general election can also be postponed. In addition to this, the federal government would be empowered to push through policies that it would normally not be able to.
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