PM: Awaiting deputy Agong’s views before deciding on Malacca emergency

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Putrajaya is still waiting to hear Deputy Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah’s views before deciding whether to propose an emergency in Malacca to pause impending polls, said Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Bernama

“I am made to understand that the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Shah will be briefed by the attorney-general, health ministry and Election Commission.

“The briefing will be held in the coming days. Once it is done, the cabinet will make a decision next week,” he told reporters after the soft launch of the Malaysian Family concept in Angkasapuri.

The Malacca Legislative Assembly was dissolved on Tuesday, after four assemblymen pulled their support for Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali the day before.

Speaker Abd Rauf Yusoh announced the dissolution, saying it is on the advice of Sulaiman to the Malacca governor.

An election must be held within 60 days of the dissolution of any state assembly.

However, there have been calls for the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to intervene and an emergency to be declared in the state to suspend the polls in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.