Cabinet to draft law on temporary measures to reduce Covid-19 impact

  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet has agreed to draft a law on temporary measures to help reduce the effects of Covid-19, says Datuk Takiyudin Hassan.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Law and Parliament said this would involve amending several Acts to help with economic recovery efforts post-Covid-19.

"The Cabinet has agreed to the suggestion to draft a Bill on the temporary measures taken to reduce the effects of Covid-19, which will involve amendments under several Acts to revive the economy and help the rakyat.

"The drafting of the Bill is the government's commitment to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which has directly affected the social and economy of the people, as well as industries.

"Through the Bill, the government is convinced that the effects post Covid-19 can be handled in an efficient and effective manner," said Takiyuddin in a statement on Friday (May 22).

He said all Ministries had been asked to identify Acts that need to be amended accordingly and to present it in a Special Meeting which will be chaired by him on May 28.

Takiyuddin said the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister's Department would act as the coordinator in the amendment measures and the results of the discussions with the relevant ministries and agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations.

The feedback from the discussions will be presented to the Attorney-General's Chambers on proposals to table them in the upcoming Parliament session in July.

"The drafting of the Bill to reduce the effect of Covid-19 is a temporary relief to prevail over any clauses (peruntukan) that are not in line with the Act during the prescribed period.

"Therefore, every proposal that will be included in the Bill has to be due to the effects of Covid-19, and due to the impact caused on businesses, firms including SMEs and the rakyat in general," said Takiyuddin.

He hoped all ministries and relevant parties would work together to ensure the success of this measure.

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