KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): The Malaysian Bar has hailed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decision not to proclaim an emergency.

In a statement today, Malaysian Bar president Salim Bashir said there are already current laws and mechanisms that have wide-ranging and comprehensive powers to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“A proclamation of emergency would likely have resulted in a constitutional crisis, and such a crisis must be avoided at all costs. 

“We must always remember to uphold the pillars of democracy, which form the bedrock of this nation, in any given situation,” he said.

Salim urged politicians and the public to adhere to the rule of law and the Constitution, and to respect the Royal Decree.

“Peace and stability, without question, supersede any form of disputes between politicians from differing factions,” he said.

Salim said the nation now needs to focus on the health and welfare of the rakyat, especially those serving on the front lines of this pandemic.

He said sufficient support must be provided to doctors, nurses and all those involved in the fight against the invisible enemy.

“At this juncture, reviving the economy should also be prioritised, in light of the loss of employment during the pandemic. 

“The only way we can thrive as a nation, in any situation, is through resilience and unity.  We must be integrated in our approach, no matter the issue,” he said.

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