Malaysia rulers to meet amid talk of emergency declaration
Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah will consult with other rulers to discuss proposals by Prime Minister
Muhyiddin Yassin, the palace said on Saturday, The premier had asked the king to
declare a state of emergency.
Muhyiddin met the king on Friday to present a proposal that would lead to the suspension of parliament,
sources told the Reuters news agency. The potential move has been widely condemned by the country’s
opposition politicians and greeted with alarm by Malaysians.
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The king would meet the other rulers “soon”, Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the Comptroller of the Royal Household,
said in a statement. The prime minister’s office has not commented on the proposal.
Muhyiddin has faced questions over his support in the 222-seat parliament since he was appointed prime
minister in March, and pressure has grown since the opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar
Ibrahim said last week he had secured the backing required to become prime minister.
Malaysia is also battling a sudden resurgence in the outbreak of COVID-19
The country now has more than 24,000 cases of COVID-19, more than double the number a month ago.
Upwards of 700 and 800 cases a day have been reported for the past week and on Friday the country recorded 10
deaths, the highest since the pandemic began.