by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by BERNAMA
General election (GE), state election or state by-election will not be held in the emergency period until Aug 1 this year which the proclamation has been consented by the King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he has no intention to avoid a GE through the state of an emergency move and gave his promise that it will be done once the Covid-19 pandemic is put under control and safe to run the poll.
He said a special independent committee that will be formed — which includes government and Opposition MPs and health experts — will determine when it is safe to run a GE.
“At that time, it is up to the rakyat to choose which government is deserving to govern the country and take care of your wellbeing. This is my commitment and promises that I will keep, insyaAllah,” he said in a televised address today.
Muhyiddin said there will be no Parliament and State Legislative Assembly sitting until a time set by the King.
He also said the civilian government will continue to function and the state of emergency is not a military coup and curfew will not be enforced.
In the period, he said the King is able to proclaim any ordinance needed according to circumstances including to take over private hospitals’ assets, human capital, expertise, laboratories and utilities to relieve the burden on government agencies.
The PM also assures that the judiciary will continue to function to uphold the law and the government will not interfere in its system.
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