Scholars declare support for proclamation of Emergency

PETALING JAYA: A group of PhD scholars under Pertubuhan Intelektual Negara (Pintar) have declared their support for the King's proclamation of emergency as a proactive measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Pintar president Prof Dr Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor said 222 PhD scholars were in full support of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah's wisdom in giving his consent to the Cabinet's proposal to declare a Emergency.

"We highly commend the decision of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to agree to the government's decision to form an independent committee comprising government and opposition MPs, health experts and other related experts, as well as giving the independent committee the discretion to recommend to the King if the Emergency declaration can be concluded much earlier than the period ending on Aug 1," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 12).

Dr Mohd Roslan said the Emergency would also prevent a general election from being held, which was in line with the King's concern over the increase in Covid-19 cases and the impact of floods in the country.

He said if these were not curbed and controlled, it would be detrimental to the health of the people and the well-being of the country.

Dr Mohd Roslan also urged all parties not to question the views of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the spread of Covid-19 in this country was at a critical level and that there was a need for an Emergency based on Article 150(1) of the Federal Constitution.

He said this was in light of His Majesty having consulted with Malay rulers and also based on the explanation given by the Prime Minister and briefings by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Election Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and Malaysian Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Haji Affendi Buang.

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