KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – The King of Malaysia on Tuesday approved a coronairous emergency that would suspend parliament until at least August and seek a general election in a political repression for Prime Minister Rahimdin Yasin Will also stop bidding.
Muhiddin assured the citizens in a televised speech that the emergency “is not a military coup and curfew will not be imposed.” He said that his civilian government would remain in charge during the emergency, which would last till August 1 or earlier depending on the situation.
The emergency declaration came as a surprise just a day before the administrative announcement by millions in Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur, with the administrative capital Putrajaya and five high-risk states returning to near-lockdown for two weeks.
The largest party in the ruling coalition also comes amid threats by the United Malaysian National Organization to withdraw support for early general elections from Muheedin. Many people at UMNO are unhappy that the party is playing a second role for Muhyiddin’s own Malay party.
Muheedin said that the national parliament and state assemblies would be suspended and no elections were allowed during the emergency. He called for a general election to ease the crisis and it is safe to hold elections.
A senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Oh Ei Sun, said most people could understand the need for the movement, but an emergency declaration overblock appeared because it is unclear how it could help spread the virus.
“This is clearly a political move from the Muhidin side to meet their ruling coalition as well as political challenges from both rivals in the opposition,” he said.
Malaysia last declared a state of emergency in 1969 following bloody racial riots in which hundreds of people died. The king, who can declare a state of emergency, which allows the country to be governed through ordinances that cannot be challenged in court, declined Muhiddin’s request to declare an emergency in October. Was.
King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah said at the time that the existing laws were enough to stop the spread virus. But in a palace statement on Tuesday, the emperor said that he gave his consent after meeting Muheedin late Monday, keeping in mind the public safety and the best interest of the country.
The king said that he was concerned because the epidemic had risen to a significant level and, at the same time, parts of the country have been flooded which has displaced thousands.
Malaysia’s virus cases have spiraled from 15,000 to 138,224 three months ago, including 555 deaths, in a fresh outbreak triggered by a local election.
While declaring the lockout on Monday, Muheedin warned that the country’s health system is at a “breaking point”. He said cases of daily coronaviruses, which have consistently exceeded 2,000 in recent weeks, could jump to 8,000 by the end of May if nothing is done. The Ministry of Health also said that it has identified the first case of a highly contagious UK version in the country.
Separately Home Minister Hamza Zainuddin became the third cabinet minister to test positive for the virus, his office said on Tuesday.
Under the restrictions introduced afresh since Wednesday, social ceremonies and interstate travel have been banned and movement is limited to a 10-kilometer (6 mi) radius similar to the national lockout in March 2020. However, there are some sectors in manufacturing, construction, services. Trade and distribution, and gardens will be allowed to operate with strict guidelines.
Muhyiddin assured investors that “Malaysia is open for business.”
“This period of emergency will provide us with much needed peace and stability, as well as enable us to focus on economic recovery and upliftment,” he said.
After instigating the fall of the reformist coalition in the 2018 elections in March, Muhyiddin took power and formed a Malay-centric government in collaboration with the opposition. But his government is unstable with a razor-thin majority in Parliament.
Joseph Benedict, a researcher at the rights group CIVICUS Monitor, said the emergency seems to be another bid to “capture power, hold elections and reverse parliamentary oversight” rather than address the epidemic.
“A dark day for democracy,” he tweeted.