Malaysia declares state of emergency

A nationwide state of emergency has been declared in Malaysia  in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19. Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah declared the emergency in a statement. 

The emergency will last until Aug 1 or earlier depending on the state of coronavirus infections, palace comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in the statement.  

The decision was made after Sultan Abdullah met with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at the national palace on Monday.  

“During a 45-minute face-to-face session starting at 5.30pm yesterday, Tan Sri Muhyiddin bin Yassin presented the results of the Cabinet Meeting on the proposed implementation of the proclamation of a state of emergency as a proactive measure to curb and address the positive COVID-19 daily cases that have continuously reached four figures since last December,” the statement said 

The Malaysian prime minister added that during the Emergency, the King can allow any ordinance to be made to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases, including taking over private hospitals and private properties. 

“This means the government now can have more exclusive involvement and power with the private hospital sectors, to help manage the load and difficulties faced by government hospitals. 

“Through this ordinance, we can get manpower help from private hospitals, more medical expertise, asets, facilities, labs and other utilities. This ordinance will help speed up affairs with private hospitals,” he said.

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