Muhyiddin claims the Emergency is not a military coup and the civilian government will continue to function as usual.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin assured Malaysians today that the judicial system will continue to remain operational while the country is in a state of Emergency from now until August 1, or until the Covid-19 situation is brought under control.
- Courts to function as usual – no executive interference
- No general, state or local elections
- No curfew
- Government will be able to enact new laws to fight the pandemic, including taking over private hospitals and private properties
He gave his word that the executive arm of government will not interfere with the courts.
“Throughout this Emergency period in the country, the judiciary system will still function to uphold the law in the country. The Perikatan Nasional (PN) will continue to also uphold the rule of law, judiciary freedom and won’t interfere with court matters.
“The judiciary will continue to be a beacon of justice in the country and I will never interfere in the business of the court. This I pledge,” he said in a live broadcast.
This comes following concerns whether several high-profile criminal cases involving the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal (1MDB) and top Umno leaders for corruption and abuse of power, such as Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Muhyiddin also said no general election, state or by-election will be held during the state of Emergency period.
He said the common practice of holding a by-election within 60 days of a seat being declared vacant; and within the same period for a state election after the legislative assembly is dissolved, is now suspended.
“As we all know, at this time, the people do not want elections to be held to deter the spread of Covid-19 transmission, like what happened after the recent Sabah state election.
“Lately, there have been quarters who have pressed for general elections to be held. I have no intention not to call for an election.
“The main thing that is stopping me from advising the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to dissolve Parliament to pave the way for a general election is the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Muhyiddin.
He added that to ensure the implementation of the Emergency is done fairly and transparently, an independent committee will be set up under an ordinance to advise the King on when to finally lift the state of Emergency.
“I give my firm commitment that the general election will be called as soon as the committee acknowledges that the Covid-19 infection has simmered down or is fully under control, and that it is safe for elections to be held.
“Then, it is up to the people to choose which government is qualified to administer the country and to take care of your welfare. This is my commitment and a promise that I will fulfil, InsyaAllah.”
Under the emergency, the government will be able to enact new laws to help it fight the pandemic, he said.
Muhyiddin said the Agong can allow any ordinance to be made to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases, including taking over private hospitals and private properties.
He, however, denies that the emergency is an attempt to seize power after losing majority support this week.
“But this emergency is not a military coup and curfew will not be enforced,” he said.
“The civilian government will continue to function as usual.”
Muhyiddin’s government lost majority support this week and is only backed by 110 MPs after Machang MP Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub withdrew his supportfrom Perikatan Nasional.
The opposition, which is led by Pakatan Harapan, also has 110 MPs.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin warned of stern action should anyone attempt to “disrupt” the government’s Covid-19 fight and economy.
“I hereby issue a strong warning to anyone who tries to disrupt the government’s efforts to manage the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economy. Stern action will be taken in the interest of the rakyat’s welfare and national security.”