Malaysia declares state of emergency until August 1 to curb Covid-19

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has consented to a state of emergency until August 1, or until Covid-19 came under control, after meeting Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.

In a statement by Istana Negara, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the decision was made also after the King received briefing from Chief Secretary 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 Armed Forces Tan Sri Affendi Buang.

The Conference of Rulers were also agreed to the decision.

Yesterday the prime minister announced a new movement control order affecting six states for two weeks starting from tomorrow (13th Jan).

Malaysia has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases these last days.

yesterday Malaysia recorded 2,232 new Covid-19 cases with 28,554 active cases. Out of those, 187 are in intensive care unit, with 87 needing respiratory support.

According to Article 150(1) of the Federal Constitution, Agong can call for a state of emergency if he is “satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened.”

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