No general election to be held during emergency – PM Muhyiddin

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Emergency: No general, state elections could be held, economic activities convene as usual- 

PUTRAJAYA JAN.12: The emergency proclaimed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong today is not a military coup and curfew will not be enforced besides the government will continue its function as usual.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, the Cabinet Ministers and the State Government Council Meeting will continue its function following the Federal Constitution and ordinance proclaims by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from time to time.

“I will give assurance that the government administration machineries and public services of the Federal Government and State Government will not be disturbed by this emergency proclamation.

“Throughout the emergency period if His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied with a specific situation where action is necessary to be taken immediately, then His Majesty will proclaim any ordinance according to the current situation,” said the Prime Minister in his special speech telecasted on TV1 this morning.

Muhyiddin added, an ordinance could also be proclaimed where enforcement power is allocated to the Malaysian Armed Forces besides the existing authority and also the authority allocated to the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) under the Criminal Procedure Code or any related legal enforcement.

The Prime Minister also said, the Parliament and the State Assembly will not have sitting sessions until a time that will be fixed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Throughout the enforcement of the emergency, the general election, state election and by-election will not be held. In normal situation, the by-election will have to be held within 60 days after the seat had been vacant. State election will also have to be held within 60 days after the State Assembly had been dissolved.

“As we know, the people do not want to have any election to avoid COVID-19 pandemic from spreading like what had happened in the Sabah State Election held recently,” Muhyiddin added.
Muhyiddin said, to ensure the implementation of the emergency is fair and transparent, a Special Independent Committee will be formed under an ordinance to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong whether the major emergency will still be effective in the Federal and the enforcement of the emergency proclamation is still on or to end the proclamation earlier from the date already fixed.

He added, the economic activities will continue as usual subject to the standard operation procedure (SOP) and the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO). The government will ensure that the people will continue to work, convene businesses, trade and industry as usual.

“To all stakeholders keenly monitoring what is happening in Malaysia, I emphasize that Malaysia is open for business. In facing these challenging times, the period of emergency will give us much needed calm and stability as well as enable us to focus on economic recovery and regeneration.

“We remain committed to good governance in these times and we have a robust and dynamic regulatory ecosystem. We must remember that the government had six stage strategies in place for economic recovery since March 2020 and were incorporated in the Budget 2021.
“Continued stability will enable us to sustain and build upon the economic recovery trajectory we have been working hard for since last year,: said Muhyiddin. – Malaysia World News


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