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Revocation of Emergency Ordinance raises questions

KUALA LUMPUR: The revocation of all Emergency Ordinances effective July 21, as announced by Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan today, has raised further questions and received strong-worded responses from the opposition.

Takiyuddin in a surprise announcement, said the Government had revoked all emergency ordinances, noting that no advice of extension beyond Aug 1 will be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The revocation of the ordinances was done under Article 150(3) of the constitution, and therefore, the matter of annulling the emergency is no longer relevant, he said.

Opposition leaders were visibly unhappy with announcement, citing the enforcement actions taken by the authorities after the said date, and asking whether Istana Negara has been notified of this.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Port Dickson-PH) said if the revocation was done before informing the Malay Rulers, it would be an insult to the royal institution.

“Major policy decisions must be tabled in Parliament for all MPs’ knowledge. I am also unsure if the matter has been assented to by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. If not, the announcement cannot be made,” he said.

Citing Article 150 of federal constitution, Anwar said the Government has disrespected the spirit of the supreme law of the land with its action.

“If even this can’t be respected, imagine how will they respect other matters. This is something basic and fundamental, the pillar of our constitution.”

Earlier, Lim Guan Eng (Bagan-PH) asked if the revocation of the ordinances means compounds issued after July 21 are nullified.

“As far as I am concerned, actions continue to be taken against the public by the authorities. This is very important. An explanation must be given,” he said, demanding an answer from Muhyiddin.

The DAP Secretary-General also asked if the revocation has been presented to the Agong.

Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong-PH) raised the issue of constitutionality, pointing out that under Article 150(7) of the constitution, any ordinance will remain for a period of six months after it has been rescinded.

“It is clear,” he told speaker Datuk Azhar Harun, who responded that it was not true. 

Written by Ezri

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