BookmarkKUALA LUMPUR: The rulers of Malaysia said there is no need to extend a state of emergency beyond Aug 1, while calling for the political temperature to be cooled down.Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said in a statement on Wednesday (Jun 16) that the rulers have noted the high number of daily COVID-19 cases, although a state of emergency has been proclaimed.
AdvertisementAdvertisementThe economic and financial situation of the country was worrying and the political atmosphere is unstable, according to the statement."The unity among the people is increasingly cracked," the statement read, adding that people were suffering from job loss and income loss.
The Malay rulers reached an agreement that, among others, people's lives and livelihoods must be prioritised, it said."The political temperature that is increasingly rising must be cooled down.AdvertisementAdvertisement"It is important to have a stable government that can command confidence and support of the majority of the people. headtopics.com
"There is no need to place the country under a state of emergency after Aug 1, 2021," the statement read.On Wednesday afternoon, King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah chaired a special rulers' conference at Istana Negara, after granting audiences to key political leaders since last week.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the king saidso that the emergency ordinances and the national recovery plan can be debated by members of parliament.Advertisementfirst declared a state of emergency on Jan 12to curb the spread of COVID-19. The emergency was scheduled to last until Aug 1 or earlier depending on the state of coronavirus infections.Read more: CNA »
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