KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AP)-The King of Malaysia approved a coronavirus emergency on Tuesday that will suspend parliament at least until August and stop politics for the embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (Yuhsin) Any general election proposals for probation.
In a televised speech, Muhyiddin assured citizens that the emergency “is not a military coup, and the curfew will not be enforced.” He said that in an emergency, his civil affairs will continue to be responsible until the situation lasts until August 1 or more. early.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city, the administrative capital of Putrajaya and millions of people in five high-risk countries returned to lockdown for two weeks, this emergency statement was unexpected.
The United Malays National Organization, the largest party in the ruling coalition, threatened to withdraw Muhyiddin̵
Muhyiddin said that in an emergency, the National Assembly and State Assembly will be suspended and no elections will be allowed. He promised that once the crisis has eased and it is safe to hold a poll, a general election can be held.
Wu Ai E, a senior researcher at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said most people can understand the need to curb traffic, but the emergency statement seems to be overstated because it is not clear how this will help slow the spread of the virus.
He said: “Obviously, this is a political move from Muhyiddin’s side, to seize political challenges from his opponents in the ruling coalition and the opposition.”
Malaysia declared a state of emergency in 1969 after the last bloody ethnic riot killed hundreds of people. The king can declare a state of emergency, allowing the country to govern the country through decrees that cannot be challenged in court. The king rejected Muhyiddin’s request to declare a state of emergency in October.
Sultan Abdullah King Sultan Ahmad Shah said at the time that existing laws are sufficient to stop the spread of the virus. But the monarch said in a palace statement issued on Tuesday that he agreed with public safety and the country’s best interests after meeting with Muhyiddin on Monday night.
The king said that he was worried that the pandemic had risen to a critical level, while at the same time, certain areas of the country were suffering from flooding and thousands of people were displaced.
The number of virus cases in Malaysia has risen from more than 15,000 three months ago to 138,224, including 555 deaths.
When Muhyiddin announced the lockdown on Monday, he warned that the country’s medical system was at a “breakpoint.” He said that if no measures are taken, the daily number of coronavirus cases has exceeded 2,000 in recent weeks, and it may surge to 8,000 by the end of May. The Ministry of Health also stated that the first highly contagious British variant has been found in the country.
In addition, Interior Minister Hamzah Zainuddin became the third cabinet minister to test positive for the virus in a few days.
According to the new restrictions that began on Wednesday, social gatherings and interstate travel are banned, and the range of events is limited to 10 kilometers (6 miles), similar to the March 2020 national embargo. However, manufacturing, construction, service, trade and distribution, and plantations will be strictly followed.
Muhyiddin assured investors that “Malaysia is open for business”.
He said: “This emergency period will make us sorely in need of calm and stability, and enable us to focus on economic recovery and recovery.”
Muhyiddin came to power in March after inciting the collapse of the reformist alliance. The alliance won the 2018 general election and formed a Malay-centric government with the opposition. But his government faltered with a very small majority in Parliament.
Josef Benedict, a researcher at the human rights organization CIVICUS Monitor, said the emergency appears to be another request made by Muhyiddin, which is to “remain in power, prevent elections and cancel parliament Surveillance” instead of dealing with this pandemic seriously.
He tweeted: “Dark days of democracy.”