PUTRAJAYA DEC 16: His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has consented to declare emergency for Gerik parliamentary seat and state assembly seat of Bugaya in Sabah.
With the declaration of emergency, the by-elections for both seats that will be held simultaneously on 16th January 2021 will be postponed until further notice.
“The King consented after he was satisfied on the need to declare emergencies for both by-elections under Clause (1) of Article 150 of the Federal Constitution to proclaim the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance (No.2) 2020 and the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance (No.3) 2020 under Clause (2B) of Article 150,” said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a statement here today.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin added, the Cabinet had discussed the matter in detail on 4th Dec. on the consequences of holding the two by-elections in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic which is still spreading in the country.
“The consequences and experiences in the Sabah state election have made the Cabinet with the opinion that both the by-elections should not be held as it could pose threats to the public health, the economy and public tranquillity.
“I have presented the Cabinet’s advice to His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong to declare emergency for Gerik parliamentary seat in Perak and state assembly seat of Bugaya in Sabah,” said Muhyiddin.
The Prime Minister added, he has also conveyed the Cabinets’ gratitude and appreciation to Al-Sultan Abdullah for his decision.
Al-Sultan Abdullah had also previously declared emergency in Batu Sapi on 18th Nov.2020 hence the by-election for the parliamentary seat that was fixed on 5th Dec.2020 was postponed until further notice.
The seat in Sabah was vacant following Parti Warisan Sabah, Bugaya Assemblywoman, Datin Manis Muka Mohd. Darah died on 17th Nov.2020 a day after she was admitted into the hospital.
Meanwhile Datuk Hasbullah Osman a four term Gerik Member of Parliament died on 16th Nov.2020 due to heart ailment. –Malaysia World News