OPPOSE US & WE WILL LEAVE YOUR PN? MUHYIDDIN GETS A VEILED WARNING FROM GPS – SARAWAK TO APPEAL TO AGONG TO LIFT EMERGENCY ORDER BEFORE ITS STATE ASSEMBLY EXPIRES IN JUNE

KUCHING: State cabinet members plan to appeal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to lift the emergency order in Sarawak if the state can bring the Covid-19 situation in the state to a manageable level.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Jemut Masing said several cabinet members had held an informal discussion about the matter.

He said if the appeal is favourably considered, it would pave the way for the state assembly elections to be held as scheduled as the assembly’s term ends in June.

In a text message, he said the matter was discussed informally among his colleagues after the weekly state cabinet meeting on Wednesday, as a way to have PRN12 Sarawak (12th state elections) before the state assembly term expires in June.

The cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg and Masing confirmed that Johari was among those involved in the informal discussion.

Masing said the call for new state elections would depend on the state’s ability to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases.

He said the state of emergency declared by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, restricted people from moving around.

“But if Sarawak can flatten the (infection) curve or contain Covid-19, we may ask the King to lift the emergency in Sarawak and then we (can) have the elections,” he said.

The state of emergency proclaimed on Jan 12 is scheduled to last until Aug 1.

General elections and by-elections to Parliament and state assemblies have been suspended. Meetings of Parliament and state assemblies have also been suspended while the emergency is in force. –  FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

Sarawak cabinet discusses appeal to lift emergency – Masing

Sarawak State cabinet members plan to appeal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to lift the emergency order in Sarawak if the state can bring the Covid-19 situation in the state to a manageable level.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister II James Jemut Masing said this in a WhatsApp message to Bernama after several cabinet members had an ‘informal discussion’ about the matter.

He said if the appeal is favourably considered, it would pave the way for the 12th state election to be held as the term for the current State Legislative Assembly ends in June.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here and Masing confirmed that Abang Johari was among those involved in the informal discussion.

“Yes. CM (Chief Minister Abang Johari) was there (in the informal discussion),” said Masing.

The deputy chief minister said the call for a state election would depend on the state’s ability to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases.

He said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah had declared an emergency as the country was still battling Covid-19, and it (emergency) would restrict people from moving around.

“But if Sarawak can flatten the (infection) curve or contain Covid-19, we may ask the king to lift the emergency in Sarawak and then we (can) have the election,” he said.

On Jan 12, Sultan Abdullah proclaimed the State of Emergency, to be enforced up to Aug 1, as a proactive measure to contain the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on the same day explained that the cabinet had advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to proclaim a State of Emergency under Clause (1) of Article 150.

Clause (1) of Article 150 states that if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened, he may issue a Proclamation of Emergency, making therein a declaration to that effect.

The Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 among others stipulated that general elections, state elections and by-elections, as well as Parliament and State Legislative Assembly sittings, will not be held as long as the emergency is in force. – – Bernama

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