Emergency Ordinances annulled by voice vote in Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Oct 25)

KUALA LUMPUR: The seven Emergency Ordinances aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 have been annulled in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Oct 25).

The motion to annul the ordinances was passed by a voice vote following debates after the motion to annul was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar earlier in the day.

"The motion to annul the ordinances has been passed following a voice vote," Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon said after it was put to vote in Parliament.

The annulled ordinances included the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021, the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, and the Emergency (Employees Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation and Amenities) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021.

Controversy arose on July 26 when former de facto law minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan informed the Dewan Rakyat that the Cabinet decided to revoke all the Emergency Ordinances on July 21.

Takiyuddin said a debate on the Emergency Ordinances was no longer relevant as there was no need for them to be annulled in Parliament.

His statement came in the wake of his confirmation that the government did not intend to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to extend the Proclamation of Emergency when it expired on Aug 1 after coming into effect on Jan 12.

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