by AZREEN HANI/ FILE PIX
THE King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has consented to the proclamation of emergency until Aug 1 this year to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a statement from Istana Negara today, the King is of the view that the virus transmission in the country is at a critical level.
Thus, the Palace said there is a need for a Proclamation of Emergency Proclamation based on Clause (1) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution.
However the implementation of the emergency can be shortened earlier, if the daily cases can be controlled and lowered effectively.
“Al-Sultan Abdullah also agreed with the Government’s proposal for the formation of an Independent Committee comprising the government and opposition MPs as well as health and related experts. This Independent Committee will recommend to His Majesty the King if the implementation of this emergency can be terminated earlier,” the statement issued by Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said.
“His Majesty expressed concern over the effects of the flood disaster and the sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the country. If not curbed and controlled effectively, then it will be detrimental to the health of the people and the well-being of the country.”
Al-Sultan Abdullah also advised the people to remain calm, resilient and resilient in the face of the implementation of this emergency and the Movement Control Order (MCO) for security and common interests.
His Majesty also called on the people to be disciplined in complying with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) during the implementation of the emergency and the MCO.