KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters)-The legislature said on Saturday that after detecting COVID-19 infection in the building, Malaysia’s special parliamentary meeting will be shortened, which may provide a chance for troubled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (Muhyiddin Yassin). ) Provide relief.
After the King of Malaysia rarely condemned the government’s revocation of the decree, Muhyiddin faced a call for resignation this week, which was issued under emergency rules since January without his consent.
The monarch had asked for the revocation of laws related to the response to the pandemic in order to debate in parliament, but the government said it was unnecessary. After the well-respected king’s comments, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim filed a motion of no confidence in Muhyiddin.
The Parliament, which was suspended in an emergency, met for the first time on July 26 this year. On July 29, the parliament found 11 cases of COVID-19 infection.
The Office of the Parliamentary Secretary stated in a notice that according to Muhyiddin’s order, the last day of the special meeting on August 2 will be postponed.
The notice stated that the postponement was in line with the recommendations of officials from the Ministry of Health, who warned parliament of the risk of spreading COVID-19. It did not say when the parliament will meet again.
The royal condemnation is the latest crisis against Muhyiddin, who has been in power with a small majority since he came to power in March 2020 and led an unstable ruling coalition.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy. The king plays a ceremonial role to a large extent, performing his duties according to the recommendations of the prime minister and cabinet.
However, some analysts said that the monarch has the right to decide whether to declare a state of emergency. The appointment of the Prime Minister also requires the approval of the king, who is highly respected among the multi-ethnic people of Malaysia.
The emergency rules are set to expire on Sunday, except for Sarawak, which will be extended to stop regional elections during the pandemic.
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