PMO: Emergency Ordinances revocation done in accordance with Federal Constitution, law

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is of the view that the action taken related to the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances is proper, and in accordance with the Federal Constitution and the rule of law, says the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

In a statement on Thursday (July 29), it said that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had stressed that in carrying out all of his duties, it is important for him to act based on the Constitution and the rule of law.

"Therefore, the Prime Minister advised the rakyat to remain calm and Insyaallah, this issue will be resolved based on the Constitution and the rule of law," said the PMO.

This is following the statement released by the Istana Negara, saying that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had expressed great disappointment with the government's decision to revoke six Emergency Ordinances without his consent.

In a statement earlier, the King also expressed dismay that the revocation of the ordinances was not presented in Parliament by the government.

The PMO said that the government remains committed to upholding the views of the King and Malay Rulers as expressed during the special meeting on June 16, which among others, had noted that the Emergency should not be extended beyond Aug 1 and that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible.

"Based on these views, the government had decided to hold the special Parliament sitting starting from July 26.

The PMO explained that as a preparation for the special Parliament sitting, the Cabinet, on July 21, had a detailed discussion and made several decisions.

"Firstly, the special Parliament sitting received the approval of the King.

"Secondly, the Cabinet will not advise the King to proclaim an extension of the Emergency after it ends on Aug 1, 2021.

"Thirdly, because the Emergency is not extended, the Cabinet decided to advise the King to revoke all the Emergency Ordinances, which was proclaimed throughout the Emergency is enforced," said the PMO.

Following these decisions, the PMO, on July 22, received a draft of the Emergency (Repeal) Ordinance 2021, which was prepared by the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC).

"This ordinance provides that all the Emergency Ordinances proclaimed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be revoked effective July 21, 2021," it said.

On July 23, the Prime Minister had presented a letter to the King to inform the Cabinet in order for the Emergency Ordinances to be revoked and to receive the approval from the King, the PMO stated.

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