PETALING JAYA: The Emergency proclamation did not fail but helped prevent the further rising of Covid-19 cases, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
When asked if the Emergency Ordinance 2021 has "failed" in curbing a rise in infections, the Health director-general said the Emergency allowed for the elections to be postponed which could have further worsened the pandemic in the country.
“The proclamation of Emergency has helped a lot in the aspect of prevention. Maybe we cannot put a value to it, but one important way it has prevented Covid-19 cases is that we do not need to hold by-elections.
“If we do not have the Emergency Ordinance, we will have to hold elections within 60 days, ” he told a press conference on Tuesday (May 11), adding that one major factor for India’s Covid-19 crisis was elections and rallies.