BY KIRAT KAUR
JANUARY 12, 2021
It could end earlier if the Covid-19 wave gets under control.
Malaysian news organisations are reporting that 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.
Awani reports that the assent was given after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin briefed the Agong at 5.30pm yesterday following a Cabinet meeting.
In a statement from Istana Negara, Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that the decision was made after consulting with:
- Secretary General Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali,
- Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun,
- Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah,
- Election Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh,
- Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, and
- Chief of Defence Force Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang.
“Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the opinion that the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country is at a very critical level and there is a need for a Proclamation of Emergency based on Article 150 (1) of the Federal Constitution.”
“It must also be announced that this assent also took into consideration the negotiations between His Royal Highness and the Malay Rulers.
“This assent also takes into consideration the personal safety of the people and the national interest. It is also based on current Covid-19 statistics, especially the limitations of logistical facilities of the states which were presented during the briefing,” read the statement by Ahmad Fadil.