Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin meets King amid talk of emergency declaration

KUANTAN – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday (Oct 23) arrived at Istana Abdul Aziz in Kuantan, the capital of eastern Pahang state, for an audience with the King, New Straits Times online news reported.

The meeting comes amid expectations that the premier is seeking assent from the constitutional monarch to invoke emergency powers.

Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah is also the ruler of Pahang.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin on Friday morning chaired a special Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya to decide on emergency measures to ensure that the upcoming budget session in Parliament does not result in snap elections amid the resurgent wave of coronavirus infections.

Sources with knowledge of these discussions told The Straits Times that an “economic emergency” could be proclaimed to ensure that government spending to curb Covid-19 – which has seen total cases doubling this month alone – is not jeopardised by an increasingly unstable political atmosphere.

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