Malaysia set for emergency measures to avert snap polls amid Covid-19 pandemic


Sources said that an "economic emergency" could be proclaimed to ensure that government spending to curb Covid-19 is not jeopardised by an increasingly unstable political atmosphere. - The Straits Times/Asian News Network

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (The Straits Times/ANN): Malaysia's Cabinet was locked in a special meeting on Friday (Oct 23) morning 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 options 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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