KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 26): The government has established an Emergency Management Technical Committee to monitor issues related to the implementation and management of the Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers 2021) that has been effective since Jan 12 until Aug 1. 

To date, the technical committee has convened four times, according to chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali (pictured). 

"The Technical Committee will continue to examine and monitor issues arising from the Emergency Proclamation in order to provide the best recommendations to the NSC (National Security Council) Special Session for consideration," he said in a statement today. 

"I would like to highlight that the Public Service Administration will not be affected during this emergency period and will function as usual to ensure the smooth delivery of government services with compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) in force," Mohd Zuki added. 

Mohd Zuki noted that one of the main areas discussed in the Technical Committee meeting and agreed by the NSC Emergency Session is the mobilisation of federal and state public resources. 

Under this initiative, civil servants may be required to temporarily move to other departments in need of additional support, especially health and safety support services. 

Government assets that are underutilised, such as vehicles, will be shared to support the operation of critical services to be more integrated and coordinated.  

The government will also identify specific buildings and facilities to be utilised as centres for the purpose of taking swab tests. 

Besides that, the technical committee and NSC also discussed the integration and cooperation between public and private hospital service capabilities during the emergency. 

It was also agreed between the committee and the council that the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) camps and Kem Bina Negara will be utilised as temporary detention facilities to be used by the Malaysian Prisons Department, Malaysian Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) under a lease contract. 

"I would also like to emphasize to all Malaysians to always ensure that all information received is verified for its authenticity. This is because the dissemination of false information will affect our efforts in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Let us continue to pray that the Covid-19 pandemic that is plaguing the country will be completely overcome in order to maintain prosperity, economic stability and public order in the country," Mohd Zuki said. 

The chief secretary was scheduled to give a press conference on the emergency today but he was noted to be undergoing home quarantine after coming into close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19. 

In a tweet, Mohd Zuki said he will be quarantined until Jan 31. 

In view of the sustained high number of Covid-19 cases daily, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has consented to a Declaration of Emergency Proclamation based on Clause (1) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution on Jan 12.

This period of emergency takes effect until Aug 1 or an earlier date if the number of daily Covid-19 figures can be effectively controlled and lowered.

The declaration of emergency allows Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to suspend Parliament and delay the Sarawak state election, where the term of its state assembly will automatically expire in June, until later in the year.

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