The Borneo Post (Sabah)

No sinister motive behind declaratio­n of Emergency – PM


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has given assurance that there was no sinister motive behind the declaratio­n of Emergency in which some concerns have been raised in the recent past.

Muhyiddin said the declaratio­n of Emergency was made for a singular reason, and that is to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the sole rationale behind the declaratio­n was to fast-track the necessary legislativ­e measures related to the management of the Covid-19.

“This covers matters related to the use of private hospital assets, temporary land ownership, buildings or private hospital moveable property and to allow the use of private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients.

“So, please be assured that there is no sinister motive behind this declaratio­n of Emergency,” he said in his speech at a dialogue session with industries organised by Internatio­nal Trade and Industry Ministry here, on Thursday.

Prime Minister also reiterated that the Emergency will not be used to violate human rights, private property, and other legal rights.

He said Malaysia is a firm believer in the rule of law and hence, will not behave in a manner that is derogatory to the legal principles that it holds dear.

“And it is imperative that the business community, both domestic and internatio­nal, understand this,” he added.

On Jan 12, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah proclaimed a Covid-19 Emergency, to be enforced up to Aug 1, as a proactive measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

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