KOTA KINABALU: The King’s proclamation of a state of emergency throughout the whole country is a proactive and good move to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, says the Sabah Chief Minister.
Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said it was a necessary move to contain the virus and protect the health of the people.
In Kuala Lumpur, MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the party fully supports the King’s decision to proclaim a state of emergency nationwide.
He said the decision to do so was a “proactive measure to unite both sides of the political gap” and counter the threat of Covid-19.
“We believe His Majesty and the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have made the right decision, enabling our medical frontliners to focus 100% on containing the pandemic and safeguarding public health, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
He noted that the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia has been persistently deteriorating in the last three months, with the country’s public healthcare system at breaking point with four-digit daily increases.
“Despite that, multiple manoeuvrings to pressure for snap polls, attempts to derail the passing of Budget 2021, and political incitements have resulted in instability within the Federal Government and some state governments, hindering any concerted effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“The declaration of Emergency based on Clause (1) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution intends to unite Malaysians into winning the pandemic fight and ending the political unrest orchestrated by power-hungry individuals, ” he said.
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