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Malaysia's king declares state of emergency to curb spread of Covid-19

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Malaysia's king declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday to curb the spread of Covid-19, a move that bolsters Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's precarious hold on power, and forestalls any attempt by opponents to force an early election.

Malaysia's king declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday to curb the spread of Covid-19, a move that bolsters Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's precarious hold on power, and forestalls any attempt by opponents to force an early election.

In a televised address on Tuesday, Muhyiddin said the parliament will be suspended for a stipulated period of time, and that elections would not be held during the emergency, which could last until August 1.

The emergency proclaimed by the king is not a military coup and curfew will not be enforced," Muhyiddin said, in an attempt to dispel alarm over the measures.

Some lawmakers in the ruling coalition have pulled support for the premier and have called for early elections, while opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said last year that he had a majority to form a new government.

Malaysia's palace said Muhyiddin requested King Al-Sultan Abdullah to declare a state of emergency as a proactive measure to curb Covid-19.

"Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the opinion that the spread of Covid-19 is at a critical stage and that there is a need to declare a proclamation of emergency," the palace said in a statement.

Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmood, legal expert at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, said the government will gain wide powers during the emergency.

"The constitution is more or less suspended, as a substantial part of it can be overridden by emergency law," he said.

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