No need to declare state of emergency, says King

By John Isaac

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has decreed that there is no need for an emergency to be declared nationwide or in any part of the country.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is of the view that the government has managed the Covid-19 pandemic, which has entered the third wave in several parts of the country, well and effectively.

Ahmad Fadil in a statement today said the King believed that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is capable to implement policies and enforcement measures to contain the pandemic from escalating and spreading.

“Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has agreed to look into the application that was presented by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to His Majesty at Istana Abdul Aziz, Kuantan, Pahang on Friday.

“The application is for the proclamation of emergency under Article 150 and proclamation Emergency (Essential Powers 2020) Ordinance pursuant to Article 150 (2B) of the Federal Constitution to combat the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

“After deliberating and consulting with the Malay Rulers as well as taking into consideration the situation beleaguering the country, Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the view that the present government has managed to deal with the pandemic effectively.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah is also of the view that at the moment, there is no need for His Majesty to make an emergency proclamation nationwide or for any part of the country,” read the statement as reported by The New Straits Times.

Ahmad Fadil said the King reiterates his reminder for all politicians to stop any form of politicking which can disrupt the country’s administration.

Al-Sultan Abdullah, he said, was also of the opinion that there is no need for any members of Parliament to continue with any irresponsible action that could undermine the stability of the current administration.

“The King stresses the 2021 Budget, scheduled to be tabled in Parliament, is very crucial to the people in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and to restore the country’s economy.

“The financial allocation is very much needed for the front-liners to carry out their duties and responsibilities accordingly,” the statement said.

Al-Sultan Abdullah, he said, was very concerned about anxiety among the people stemming from the surge of daily Covid-19 cases and emergence of new clusters that were detected in several parts of the country over the past weeks.

Nevertheless, Ahmad Fadil said the King expressed his confidence that the unity and high spirit displayed among the people in joining hands could fight the third wave of the pandemic.

“In this regard, His Majesty called on all the people, irrespective of background and in particular political ideology, to set aside all differences and unite as well as play their respective roles in helping the government and the authorities contain the pandemic not only to protect themselves from the virus but also for the well-being of the nation.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah also took this opportunity to invite the people to join His Majesty and pray that the pandemic could be eliminated effectively and immediately,” the statement said.