A state of emergency has been declared in Malaysia to curb the spread of CoronaVirus.The state of emergency is reported to last till August 1st. Therefore the incoming elections will not be held only after August if the infections will have decreased.
This move is being criticized by many as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who holds power, will block the attempt of the opposing parties to conduct an early election.”Let me assure you; the civilian government will continue to function. The emergency proclaimed by the king is not a military coup, and a curfew will not be enforced”, said Muhyiddin Yassin.
There will be minimal tension from the Prime Minister as there will be no political uncertainties. He has assured people that elections will be conducted once a new independent committee declares no COVID-19.New rules can therefore be introduced without parliament’s approval due to the state of emergency.
Due to there being reports of the healthcare system getting to a breaking point, the Prime Minister has declared a nationwide travel ban and a 14 day lockdown period in the capital city Kuala Lumpur. Total coronavirus cases are 138,000 and 555 deaths. The infections have increased over the week, surpassing the 3000 mark for the first time.
King Al-Sultan Abdullah declared a state of emergency after being requested by the Prime Minister.”Al-Sultan Abdullah believes that the spread of Covid-19 is at a critical stage and that there’s a need to declare a proclamation of emergency”, the palace said. It has been viewed as a move to cling to power by the opposing leaders.
The Malaysian form of governance is a constitutional monarchy. The king carries his duties by being advised by the Prime Minister and the cabinet. When it comes to the state of emergency, the monarchy still can decide if the emergency is to be declared.