The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah consented to the Proclamation of Emergency effective from 11 January 2021 to 1 August 2021.

In a special address by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the proclaimed emergency ordinance from the King is specifically to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He emphasised that the proclamation is not a military coup and will not affect the functioning of federal and state governments.

He also promises that the judiciary will continue to function to uphold law and justice.

“The Perikatan Nasional Government will continue to defend the independence of the judiciary and will never interfere in the affairs of the courts. The judiciary will continue to be the beacon of justice in our country and I will never interfere in the business of the court.

“I give a firm commitment that the General Election will be held as soon as the Independent Special Committee, which will be established, certifies that the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.

“At that time, it is up to the people to choose which government is qualified to govern the country,” he said.

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Muhyiddin also calls for calm and trust towards the government in controlling the spread of COVID-19 pandemic throughout the emergency period.

He also warns that firm action will be taken for those who try to disrupt the government's efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy.

“To all the stakeholders keenly monitoring what is happening in Malaysia. I emphasise that Malaysia is open for business. In facing these challenging times, this Period of Emergency will give us much needed calm and stability, as well as enable us to focus on economic recovery and regeneration.

“We remain committed to good governance in these times and we have a robust and dynamic regulatory ecosystem.

“We must remember that the Government has a 6-stage strategy in place for economic recovery since March last year and was incorporated in the Budget 2021. Continued stability will enable us to sustain and build upon the economic recovery trajectory we have been working hard for since last year,” he said.