Malaysia’s will not extend coronavirus state of emergency its end on August 1, law minister Takiyuddin Hassan said Monday,as parliament convened after a months-long suspension .
The country’s has been under emergency rules since january first nationwide in more than half a century to fight Covid-19, with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
The state of emergency allowed the government to rule by decree and suspend parliament, prompting critics to accuse Muhyiddin of using the crisis to avoid a no-confidence vote and up his weak coalition.
The emergency and lockdown, the covid 19 only worsened, the highly infectious Delta variant. Malaysia’s reported a record the one million mark at the weekend, and have around 8,000 deaths.
Facing mountain public anger and pressure from the king, Muhyiddin agreed to reconvene the legislature for a five-day sitting before the state of emergency officially ends next month.
Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan announced the government would not request an extension of the state of emergency.As lawmakers 222-seat lower house Monday wearing masks and separated by transparent screens.
Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan announced the government would not request an extension of the state of emergency.Other ministers are due to brief MPs on matters related to the pandemic.
But opposition lawmakers expressed anger at not being able to debate or vote on anything during the session, pointing out the king himself had called for important issues to be scrutinised.
The biggest party , the United Malays National Organisation, announced it was withdrawing support for his coalition earlier this month.
“The prime minister has acted as a traitor for not adhering to the wishes of the king,” opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told the legislature.
The emergency and a nationwide lockdown, the outbreak only worsened, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant. Malaysia’s caseload breached the one million mark at the weekend.