PUTRAJAYA: The decision by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to not declare a state of emergency for the country shows that the Federal Constitution should not be used arbitrarily, says Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Khaled said the decision reflects Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s confidence in Malaysia’s healthcare system and the ability of civil servants as well as Malaysians to tackle the health crisis.
“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong as well as the Malay Rulers have made a wise decision not to declare a state of emergency and have truly taken the rakyat’s interest into consideration. In fact, the decision shows that the Federal Constitution should not be used arbitrarily, ” he said on Sunday (Oct 25).
Khaled said the Sultan Abdullah’s wisdom in this matter has convinced Malaysians that the Royal institution always listens to the pulse of the people, celebrates democracy and defends the Constitution.
“Let this matter serve as a lesson to all parties, ” he said.
Earlier on Sunday, Sultan Abdullah decided that there was no need to declare a state of emergency in the country and reminded all politicians to immediately put a stop to all forms of politicking that could disrupt national stability.
Prior to this, the Malay Rulers held a special meeting at Istana Negara to discuss the government’s plan to declare a state of emergency to tackle the worsening Covid-19 situation.
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