Emergency to be declared, PM to meet King – sources

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin – Picture from Bernama

THE Cabinet has agreed to the implementation of an emergency to tackle the worsening Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is understood to be seeking an audience with the King to be conferred special emergency powers during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reports say that Muhyiddin left Putrajaya and was headed to Kuantan after this morning’s special Cabinet meeting.

There has been mounting speculation that the Perikatan Nasional government may declare emergency as Malaysia struggles to contain the daily spike in Covid-19 infections that has also hurt the economy.

“Wait for the announcement,” said one minister on condition of anonymity when contacted, reports Malaysiakini.

Asked if this meant that the Cabinet had decided to implement the emergency, he replied in the affirmative.

“Wait for the announcement means the process is on,” he added.

The move also comes amid the political uncertainty with Muhyiddin facing multiple political pressure.

Meanwhile, The Malaysian Insight quoted another source saying: “They just need to repackage the word ’emergency’ to avoid public panic. They won’t call it ‘darurat‘ but will give it a new name. Something for Covid-19.”