Political crisis worsens pandemic says an observer

A foreign observer told Worldfuturetv the local political crisis is not helping in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 in Malaysia.

The interview was done right before the news of the declaration of an emergency broke in Malaysia.

The Malaysian government is in turmoil after the biggest party in the coalition in power threatened to pull-out support.

A few MPs from the Umno has made a public declaration on their refusal to support the current government while their party is in the coalition in power.

While the political situation heated up, the government here has advised the King of Malaysia to declare a nationwide emergency to help curb the pandemic. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the emergency is not a military emergency.

He says the civilian government will still function. He also informed the public the Parliament will be suspended and there will be no elections in the country until August 1. The emergency will last until that date.

The observer says with the surging cases of covid, the most important thing for Malaysia is to flatten the curve.

On Monday the PM had announced sweeping measures to curb the pandemic, including a complete lockdown in 8 states.


Nevertheless, the observer is of the opinion that the covid pandemic is tough for the B40’s in Malaysia.

“For the poor, they have a lot of difficulties and what is important for them are the basic necessities. The government should ensure basic commodities are made available to them, as well as raise their knowledge about Covid-19 infections and social distancing and on how to implement SOP strictly.”

“At this time, Lockdown is needed and Malaysia should implement the MCO strictly and seriously,” he says to Worldfuturetv.

Malaysian experts/analysts say the political situation make it difficult to fight covid while the3 economy requires opening up and easing of SOP to function.

The emergency will come with a series of SOPs and some of them might make it difficult to carry out business for some segments of the economy.

This will cause serious damages to some businesses and cause a potential loss of jobs or pay cuts for the employees.

On the other hand, the observer says the lockdown measure are also tough for foreigners.

“The pandemic affected so many of them. They loose jobs, they have low income or no income and are not allowed to work in some cases without visas to earn a living while in lockdown.

“They are stuck at home and cannot back to their home country. They authorities need to think clearly how to assist them,” he says.

It’s a political ploy critics say on emergency

Malaysia’s king declared a nationwide state of emergency in Malaysia on Tuesday to fight a coronavirus surge that is overwhelming hospitals.

But critics say it allows an unstable government to cling to power.

They say the Parliament suspension means there can’t be a vote of no confidence against the government.

Overall, they call it a political emergency, instead of a health emergency.

“The declaration of a state of emergency seems like another attempt by Muhyiddin to hold on to power, block elections and to remove parliamentary oversight, rather than to seriously address the pandemic,” tweeted Josef Benedict from Civicus, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists.

Marina Mahathir, an activist and the daughter of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, tweeted that an emergency declaration was a “declaration of failure”.

“Failure to manage the pandemic, failure to govern, failure to care about the people,” she wrote.

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah agreed to declare an emergency until August 1 following a request from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

The PM on Monday announced sweeping lockdowns in 8 states but in between he was lobbying for a national emergency.

With this emergency, parliament would be suspended and elections would not take place, The king is also able to enact new laws if necessary in an emergency.

Read a full story on the emergency in Malaysia here:

Malaysia Declares Virus Emergency, Sparking Anger

Malaysians joyful for no ‘darurat’ decision by the ruler

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has decided not to grant Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s request to declare a state of emergency.

The country is relieved that the government will not be able to proceed with the emergency.

Twitter and other social media platforms are on fire in Malaysia and almost no one spreading pro-emergency views are spared.

It is an open warfare in Malaysia on the social networks. But a constant survey of the networks show the unmistakable trends.

Most of Twitter in Malaysia are against the darurat or emergency. The hashtags Istana Negara (5 825 Tweets) and Awani (5 774 Tweets) are trending.

The royal rulers of Malaysia are in a special meeting to decide on the Prime Minister’s proposals for a COVID-19 emergency.

But the word emergency brought Malaysians on Twitter in particular to explode into a rage.

They are against such a move and are accusing the PM of trying to save his post with a bogus emergency.


According to Straits Times Singapore, the Malaysian King is to deliver the decision by the rulers today.

The royal rulers are at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur to discuss emergency measures proposed by PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

The King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, called for the special meeting with the Malay rulers to discuss and refine suggestions proposed by Muhyiddin.

The latter wants to call a national state of emergency. The people and several leaders and observers are against the idea which attracted widespread condemnation.

The government is facing a protracted political crisis and is struggling to control an escalating pandemic.

Reports suggest Muhyiddin has lost his thin majority in Parliament. Several Umno MPs spoke against the idea of an emergency in Malaysia.

An Umno MP has also sent a motion of no-confidence to Parliament but the Speaker of the House has refused to allow it to be debated.

This is seen by some pro-government MPs as a move to protect the Prime Minister from the no-confidence crisis.


#ProtesDarurat posters are seen in the train station

#ProtestDarurat trending on Twitter this morning now posters with the hashtag is seen at train stations.

In the afternoon, it is #BantahDarurat that is trending in Malaysia, along with #MuhyiddinOut.

Twitter was upside down in Malaysia with news the government is planning to impose emergency rule.

The Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had an audience with the King to propose his plans for the emergency.

Malaysians took to Twitter and other social media networks to criticise the move. They are angry Malaysians who are pointing out that “the plan is bogus and is a political ploy.”

At least, this is what we understand while scrolling through the numerous viral tweets. See article link below on this.


Nevertheless, A4 size posters with the #ProtesDarurat printed on it is seen at train stations. They are also on lampposts in Petaling Jaya.

It appears the people are not only using the social media to protest, they are also using this method which is reaching out to those not on social media perhaps.

See some tweets on the posters in KL.

More #ProtesDarurat, on Petaling Jaya roadsigns & lampposts https://t.co/l84mJNmZ0p

— Zurairi A.R. (@zurairi) October 24, 2020



Posters are up apparently #protesdarurat pic.twitter.com/72r7p5NQrY

— malaysia was a mistake sukarno shouldve nuked us (@kuihsepotong) October 24, 2020

Malaysia in a state of emergency amid political rife, COVID-19?

The Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is urging the King of Malaysia to allow the imposition of a state of emergency in the country.

Government sources are saying the decision is taken to control the spreading of the COVID-19 (third wave).

But opponents are saying it is to save the PM from humiliation in the Parliament.

Muhyiddin is facing double jeopardy. There is a resurgent pandemic that has put some states back on controlled lockdown.

On the other hand, he is also facing a political onslaught from his government partners who are challenging his leadership.

Some of the members of a ruling party are also attacking Muhyiddin for not giving them a fairer share in power.

The Umno, the biggest Malay political organisation is making demands that Muhyiddin cannot grant.

On top of that, Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition leader has also asked the King to appoint him as PM. He commands a majority in Parliament with Umno MPs backing and his grouping Pakatan Harapan.

The PH has today opposed opposed declaring a state of emergency over the country.

The opposition accuse Muhyiddin of employing an emergency to suspend the Federal Constitution and to avoid a snap election.

They also accuse him of choosing emergency to prevent losing a vote of no-confidence in Parliament.

The political crisis is deepened in Malaysia with the Umno threatening to quit the fragile government.

No one knows the terms of the emergency but some sources say it will not be a ‘war time’ emergency.

They are saying it will be more of an economic, health emergency (on paper) to help the government fight the COVID-19 which is fast spreading in Peninsular Malaysia and in Sabah.