PUTRAJAYA, KOMPAS.com – King of Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah is reported to have allowed parliament to sit in the midst of a national emergency.
The decision will inevitably be a blow to the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin |, whose government is on the verge of collapse.
The Malaysian parliament was closed when the state of emergency was declared, following Muhyiddin’s request to Sultan Abdullah.
At that time, the PM from the National Alliance alliance based his argument on the increase in corona virus infections.
However, he was accused of using the emergency status given by the King of Malaysia to maintain his power.
The Malaysian Palace announced that after holding meetings with the lower and upper houses, Sultan Abdullah finally allowed the parliament to convene.
“The king emphasized to the chairmen of each assembly that Malaysia is a democracy,” the palace said.
Because of that, after taking a closer look, Sultan Abdullah realized that banning the trial was a wrong step.
Later, the parliament will again meet based on the date set by the king after consulting Muhyiddin.
The state of national emergency will be in effect until August 1, in order to double resources against the corona virus.
Bridget Welsh University of Nottingham’s Southeast Asia expert said the king’s decision was a response to growing discontent.
Reported AFP Wednesday (24/2/2021), according to Welsh, politicians were not satisfied with the narrowing space for democracy.
But in the view of James Chin of the University of Tasmania, the king’s decree could be a blow to Muhyiddin Yassin.
Because, PM Malaysia who was inaugurated on March 1, 2020, is in danger of being impeached through a special parliamentary session.
Currently, the coalition of the National Association led by Muhyiddin is divided. Not to mention the challenge from the opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.
Over the past year, his government has come under constant attack but managed to survive thanks to a slim majority.
However, it is predicted that he has lost that majority status. So that if someone submits a motion of no confidence, he won’t survive.
If he is officially removed from office, the parliament will soon be dissolved with the “neighboring countries” entering early elections.