Malaysian PM Urged To Quit After Rare Royal Rebuke
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Thu 29th July 2021 | 12:51 PM
Malaysia's embattled leader was accused of treason and urged to quit Thursday after the king denounced his crisis-hit government for misleading parliament, a rare public rebuke from the revered monarch
Kuala Lumpur, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jul, 2021 ) :Malaysia's embattled leader was accused of treason and urged to quit Thursday after the king denounced his crisis-hit government for misleading parliament, a rare public rebuke from the revered monarch.
Parliament convened this week after a months-long suspension under a virus state of emergency, which critics said was a bid by Muhyiddin to cling on to power.
But rival MPs were furious, claiming Muhyiddin was just seeking to dodge a debate -- and it was not clear the monarch had agreed to revoke the emergency laws, as is required under the constitution.
On Thursday the royal palace confirmed the king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, had not given his consent, and said that he expressed his "great disappointment".
It "did not just fail to respect the principles of the sovereignty of the law.... but it undermined the functions and powers of his majesty as head of state," it said.
There was no immediate reaction from the premier, and it was not clear whether the rebuke would have any impact.
The regulations enacted under the emergency give authorities extra powers to punish virus rule breakers, as well as some other tools to fight the pandemic.
Even when the emergency ends, the country will remain under a strict lockdown as it faces a worsening outbreak.