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King disappointed govt revoked ordinances without his approval - Istana Negara

29 July 2021

By Ilona Andrew

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government's decision to revoke all the Emergency Ordinances was done without the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin's approval and the King has expressed dismay over the matter, said Istana Negara.

In a statement issued today, the palace said the King was also disappointed that his proposal that the revocation be tabled in Parliament was not implemented.

The King's proposal was agreed upon with de facto Law Minister Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun during a virtual meeting on July 24.

"His Majesty stressed that Takiyuddin's statement during the special Parliamentary sitting on July 26 was inaccurate and had misled the members of the Dewan Rakyat.

"His Majesty also emphasised that the application to revoke all Emergency Ordinances effective July 21 that was done in a hurry without being tabled in the Parliament and the misleading statement in Parliament failed to respect the principle of rule of law contained in the Rukun Negara," the statement read.

It was also stated Takiyuddin's decision also ridiculed the King's functions and powers as the Supreme Head as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

"His Majesty is well-aware that He is entailed to act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet as contained in Article 40 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

"However, the King is of the view that he, as the Supreme Head, has the duty to provide advice and reprimand in the event of any unconstitutional action by any party, especially those who perform the functions and powers of His Majesty."

In the statement, the members of Parliament were also urged to prioritise the welfare and wellbeing of the people and the country during the ongoing parliamentary sitting and find solutions to the various problems during the Covid-19 health crisis.

"His Majesty also called on the people to pray that the country is always under God's protection and kept away from any disaster as well as be able to curb the Covid-19 spread.


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