Malaysian PM Muhyiddin to chair special Cabinet meeting after King's decision not to declare emergency

PUTRAJAYA – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was seen to have entered his office along with several other ministers in Putrajaya, where a special Cabinet meeting is expected to convene on the King’s rejection of the Prime Minister’s request to declare a state of emergency.

Escorted by police outriders, Muhyiddin’s Toyota Vellfire had entered the Prime Minister’s Office at 9.15am. Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the Middle East Abdul Hadi Awang, who is also the president of ruling PAS party (Parti Islam SeMalaysia), and president of ruling party MIC, SA Vigneswaran, were also reported by local media to have arrived at Muhyiddin’s office around 9am. 

National Unity Minister Halimah Sadique, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the economy, Mustapa Mohamed, Senior International Trade and Industry Minister Azmin Ali, and Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah were also seen entering the compound.

Muhyiddin would chair the special Cabinet meeting, which was scheduled to start at 11.30am.

He is expected to meet leaders of the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition and Muafakat Nasional parties, which include PAS, for a discussion prior to the meeting, according to The Star newspaper.

Umno is represented at the meeting by Annuar Musa, who is also the Barisan secretary-general.

Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin, who is also the Perikatan secretary-general – was reported by The Star to have shown up at the office.

This is the second special Cabinet meeting to be held in less than a week. The first one was held on Friday (Oct 23) when the ministers had proposed a declaration of emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

But the King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah turned down such proposal on Sunday after meeting with the rest of the Malay Rulers in the country, saying that it was not necessary.

Critics claimed that Muhyiddin was using the pandemic as an excuse to stay in power.

Muhyiddin said Monday’s Cabinet will discuss the King’s decree in details.

Another meeting with the state Chief Ministers planned on Monday was cancelled.

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