KUALA LUMPUR – The special cabinet meeting which took place for almost three hours today was said to have decided on suspending the Parliament sitting scheduled on 2 November so that the efforts to fight Covid-19 pandemic can be fully implemented.
The emergency measure was taken following the sudden surge of new Covid-19 cases that has exceeded the 800 daily cases mark with new cluster being detected every day.
Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was said to have rushed to Kuantan to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at 5.00 pm following the Cabinet’s decision this morning.
According to a source, in line with the Prime Minister’s role as the advisor to Agong, Muhyiddin needs to get His Majesty’s advice and consent to implement the decision on the proclamation of the state of emergency.
After getting His Majesty’s consent and the document signed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister can then announce the decision to the people and it was rumoured that the announcement will be made at 8.00 pm tonight.
According to the source, Muhyiddin also needs to explain about the matter to the people to avoid any anxiety on the latest decision.
The declaration of the state of emergency is the prerogative of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong under Article 150(1) of the Federal Constitution:
“If the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the security or economic life of the Federation or of any part thereof is threatened, he may issue a Proclamation of Emergency.”
In the latest development, the Cabinet meeting today has also decided on issues relating to the economics where the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the lives of the people and the economics.
The Dewan Rakyat is scheduled to present the 2021 Budget on Friday, 6 November 2020.