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Emergency Not A Military Coup, Says Muhyiddin

Emergency Not A Military Coup, Says Muhyiddin

No elections, state or federal, will be held until the pandemic is under control.

Hakim Hassan

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The Emergency is not a military coup and no curfew will be enforced from now until 1 August, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who added that the civil government will run as usual.

He said the number of cases in the country are on the rise with no signs of slowing down, which prompted the government to advise the Agong to declare the Emergency.

Although the Emergency has been announced, Muhyiddin said economic activity will continue to function throughout the period, subject to SOP compliance and Bursa Malaysia, the Securities Commission will continue to play a role as a market facilitator

READ MORE: What Is This State of Emergency/Darurat Thing Anyways?

The Agong can also decree, based on circumstances, ordinances to stop the spread of Covid-19, such as:

  • Use private hospitals and take over their resources to help treat Covid-19 patients (human resource, asset, utilities)
  • The military will be given authority, the same level as the police. They will also be deployed to assist frontliners.
  • Border security will be tightened to reduce the number of illegal immigrants from coming to the country
  • Amending the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 to increase the effectiveness of the enforcement of this Act in curbing the spread of Covid-19. This includes increasing penalties for anyone who violate the laws and regulations.
  • Heavier penalties for traders who hike up prices of goods
  • Parliament and also State Assemblies will not be allowed
  • Either state or general elections will not be allowed

He added that the GE will be held as soon as the Independent Committee certifies that Covid-19 has subsided or fully recovered.

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The Independent Committee will also advise the Agong whether to extend or shorten the Emergency.

Earlier today, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has assented to declaring a State of Emergency across Malaysia that will last till August 1 but could end earlier based on the advice of an Independent Committee of Parliamentarians and relevant health experts.

READ MORE: Agong Assents To Emergency Proclamation, Expected To Last Until August

Malaysia will again be going under lockdown for two weeks starting 12.01am on Wednesday (13 January) in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 which has reached record numbers in the past few days.


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