The King has proclaimed a state of emergency on Tuesday, 12th January 2020 morning effective the same date until 1st of August 2021 in order to curb the further spread of COVID-19 pandemic situation in the nation.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin held a statement on the nation’s situation shortly after the King’s proclamation:
- The government had to act (in obtaining an emergency proclamation) because there is no indication of a decline in cases of COVID-19.
- The emergency proclamation is not a military coup; no curfew will be imposed.
- During the emergency phase, the civilian government will continue to work.
- During the time of emergency, general elections, state elections and by-elections will not be held.
- For a defined period of time, Parliament and state legislative bodies may not convene.
- If the Independent Committee recommends the country has recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, a general election will be held.
- In an attempt to contain COVID-19, it calls on lawmakers to be in harmony with people.
- The Securities Commission, Bursa Malaysia, will continue to play the role of market facilitator.
- It urges people to remain calm and place their confidence in the government in order to effectively contain COVID-19.
- Warns of firm action against those seeking to hinder government efforts to counter the pandemic of COVID-19 and control the economy of the country.
- The Agong may proclaim an order against economic sabotage, monopoly, and unreasonable price rises of goods.
Malaysia’s last state of emergency was made in 1977 during a power struggle between political parties. Read the 15 must know about the nation’s state of emergency – https://theiskandarian.com/breaking-news-15-facts-about-the-state-of-emergency-in-malaysia/