Malaysia declares emergency to curb virus, shoring up government | Reuters (Pandemic – inside Coup?)

Some lawmakers in the ruling coalition have pulled support for the premier and have called for early elections, while opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said last year that he had a majority to form a new government.

In a statement, Anwar’s coalition Pakatan Harapan accused Muhyiddin of using the pandemic to avoid a collapse of his administration and questioned the need for an emergency, saying existing laws were sufficient to tackle the virus’ spread.

“We also see the move to suspend parliament and state legislatures… as affecting checks and balance, inhibiting the nation’s democracy and denying the people’s voices,” they said.

The emergency declaration, which allows the Muhyiddin government to introduce laws without parliamentary approval, comes a day after the premier announced a nationwide travel ban and a 14-day lockdown in the capital Kuala Lumpur and five states.

Source: Malaysia declares emergency to curb virus, shoring up government | Reuters