Revocation of Emergency Ordinances according to law, federal constitution – PMO

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ALL decisions taken by the government on the revocation of the Emergency ordinances were orderly and in line with the law and the Federal Constitution, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

In a statement, the PMO said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stressed that in carrying out his duties and responsibilities, it was important for him to act in accordance with the law and the constitution.

“The Prime Minister had also informed the government’s view that the Emergency Ordinances do not need to be annulled by Parliament as the Cabinet had already advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to revoke them.

“Besides this, the ongoing Parliament session is a Special Sitting under Standing Order 11 (3) of the Dewan Rakyat, and the agenda is ministerial briefings with no motion to annul the Emergency ordinances,” the statement said.

The Cabinet had agreed to advise Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to revoke the Emergency ordinances before the Special Sitting of the Parliament convened, the statement read.

Taking note of Al-Sultan Abdullah’s decree in a statement issued by Istana Negara today in which His Majesty expressed disappointment over the announcement made in Parliament on July 26, the PMO clarified that Al-Sultan Abdullah shall accept and act in accordance with the Cabinet’s advice, as stipulated under Article 40 of the Federal Constitution.

Article 40 (1) cites: In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution; but shall be entitled, at his request, to any information concerning the government of the Federation which is available to the Cabinet.

Article 40 (1A), meanwhile cites: In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law, where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is to act in accordance with advice, on advice, or after considering advice, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall accept and act in accordance with such advice.

According to the PMO, on July 23, the Prime Minister had written to Al-Sultan Abdullah to inform about the Cabinet’s advice for the Emergency ordinances to be revoked and to obtain His Majesty’s consent.

Following this, on July 24, Al-Sultan Abdullah had summoned Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun for an audience for a more detailed explanation for the revocation of the ordinances.