Malaysian Bar praises King, Malay Rulers for not proclaiming state of emergency

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar has hailed the King’s decision not to proclaim a state of emergency, saying that a decision otherwise would have resulted in a constitutional crisis.

Its president Salim Bashir (pic) said they echoed the views of the King and the Malay Rulers that there are already laws and mechanisms in existence that have wide-ranging and comprehensive powers to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We must always remember in any given situation to uphold the pillars of democracy, which form the bedrock of this nation. The Malaysian Bar therefore urges politicians and the public to adhere to the rule of law and the Constitution, and to respect the Royal Decree, ” he said.

Salim said in a statement on Monday (Oct 26) that peace and stability supersede any dispute between politicians from differing factions.

He added that there was a need to focus on the health and welfare of the rakyat, especially the frontliners.

“At this juncture, reviving the economy should also be prioritised in light of the loss of employment during the pandemic, ” he said.

Salim added that the only way Malaysia can thrive as a nation is through resilience and unity.

“We must be integrated in our approach, no matter the issue. Only then will we be able to emerge stronger and more tenacious as a nation, ” he said.

Separately, The Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye hailed the King’s decision and said that the retention of the status quo will be meaningless if the people, particularly politicians, do not respond positively.

“It was in their interest that this decision was taken, and it is in their interest to do everything in their power and unite to address the challenges of Covid-19 and the livelihood of the people as well as the nation’s economy, ” he said in a statement.

He said that since Sultan Abdullah has advised all politicians to set aside their differences and unite to help the nation, it is time for these politicians to stop politicking.

“This is not the time to score points. This is the time for solidarity and for singleness of purpose to ensure the nation’s stability. We have many problems to tackle, all at the same time. We therefore cannot dissipate our energies in the pursuit of varying agendas, political or otherwise, ” he said.

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