PN government claims the revocation of emergency ordinances was done following the law, Federal Constitution


PUTRAJAYA: The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government stressed that in its preparation before convening the Parliamentary Special Meeting scheduled on 26th July, the Cabinet Ministers had a meeting on 21st July 2021 where three decisions were made.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in its statement said, the three decisions include firstly, the Parliamentary Special Meeting will be convened with the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Secondly, the Cabinet Ministers will not advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to have a new Emergency Proclamation after the ongoing emergency ends on 1st August 2021 and thirdly as the emergency will not be extended, the Cabinet Ministers had decided to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to revoke all the emergency ordinances that had been proclaimed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong throughout the enforcement of the emergency.

“Following the decisions made, the Prime Minister’s Office on 22nd July received the Emergency Ordinance draft (revocation) that was prepared by the Attorney General’s Office. All the ordinances proclaimed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be revoked effective 21st July 2021,” the statement said.

The statement added, on 23rd July 2021, the Prime Minister had sent a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to present the Cabinet Minister’s advice for the emergency ordinances to be revoked and seek the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“This office will take what have been said in the Istana Negara’s media statement today that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has been informed that Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku have to accept and act according to the advice of the Cabinet Ministers as cited in Article 40 of the Federal Constitution .

“While in Article 40 (1A) says, when implementing the function under the Constitution or the federal law, if Yang di-Pertuan Agong is required to act following the advice or from the advice or after considering the advice, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong should accept and act according to the advice,” the statement said.

The statement also highlighted that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 24th July 2021 had requested the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and the Attorney General to give detailed information on the advice.

The statement added, when the Special Meeting at the Dewan Rakyat started on 26th July 2021all the emergency ordinances was laid on the tables in the Dewan Rakyat and this was in line with the provision of Article 150 (3) Federal Constitution.

The PMO made a statement today in response to Istana Negara statement stating that the revocation of all Emergency Ordinances by the government has not been approved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

According to Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, expressed his deep sadness with the statement made in Parliament on July 26 that the government had revoked the Emergency Ordinances without His Majesty`s consent.

On another development the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said, UMNO has made the decision to support the PN government but has withdrawn its support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister.

“UMNO has consistently defended the constitutional monarchy as its basic struggle and my personal opinion is the Prime Minister has to take the responsibility because that is the “business” between him and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“The Prime Minister has to “withdraw with honour” for what has happened even though is done by the others.

“As a Member of Parliament (MP) and as an UMNO member it is the fundamental principle to respect parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. When a contradicting situation occurred between the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister, a solution should be made to save the country and the interest of the people,” said Najib in a press conference held at the Parliament on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Port Dickson) said, the decision of the PN government to revoke the emergency ordinances was done in a hurry on 21st July 2021 and it had made the Dewan Rakyat confused over that matter.

“The opposition has forwarded a motion to Dewan Rakyat to dismiss Tan Sri Muhyiddin as the Prime Minister. The special meeting was postponed three times to avoid a debate on that issue among Members of Parliament (MP).
“The postponement of the meeting was an act to belittle the Dewan Rakyat,” Anwar reiterated. –Malaysia World News

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