Malaysian PM Muhyiddin to speak on emergency proclamation of Emergency at 11am

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to make a special address on the declaration of a state of emergency at 11am on Tuesday (Jan 12).

The address will be shown live on Malaysian television channels RTM, BernamaTV, TV3 and Astro Awani.

The speech comes after a proclamation by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Tuesday, who agreed to the decision after a meeting with Tan Sri Muhyiddin on Monday (Jan 10).

“I urge the people to remain calm and strong to face this state of emergency and the movement control order for our own safety and interest,” said Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed that the emergency be in force up to Aug 1 or earlier if the number of Covid-19 cases can be effectively controlled and reduced.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also consented to a government proposal to set up an independent committee comprising government and opposition MPs as well as health experts to manage the Covid-19 situation, he said.

“This Independent Committee will make recommendations to His Majesty if it deems fit that the emergency can be withdrawn much earlier (than Aug 1), ” said Mr Ahmad Fadli.

On Monday, Mr Muhyiddin announced that six states will be put under a movement control order starting Wednesday.

In his address on Monday, Mr Muhyiddin said Johor, Melaka, Selangor, Penang, Sabah and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan will be under an MCO until Jan 26.

Mr Muhyiddin added that a recovery MCO will be imposed in Perlis and most of Sarawak.

He also said that three districts in Sarawak – Kuching, Miri and Sibu – as well as Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan will be under conditional MCO.

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