State of emergency will stop all elections, says source


PETALING JAYA: The state of emergency proclaimed by the King to curb the Covid-19 pandemic will be unlike the 1969 emergency as it will be tailored for the pandemic, says a government source.

The government sources said that economic activities will not be affected and it will be very much like the movement control order which was declared by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) on Monday (Jan 11).

"The state of emergency proclamation will not affect economic activities as the Cabinet ministers were adamant that economic activities must go on to avoid a collapse of the recovering economy.

"However, the proclamation of a state of emergency under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution would be able to stop possible general elections, political gatherings as well as put a stop to official gatherings which cannot be stopped by the mere MCO under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

"The Cabinet decided to propose this to quell the fears of the people who are constantly worried that a general election will take place during the height of the pandemic.

"The Sabah state elections last year brought about a third wave and this election could not be stopped under the MCO," said the source.

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