No inter-state travel throughout Malaysia, says PM

Malaysia's State of Emergency Not a Military Coup, PM Says

The statement also states that under the state of emergency, an independent committee will be formed.

"Inter-district traveling in the movement-control order (MCO) states will also be prohibited", said the prime minister in his speech which was broadcast live to the country at 6pm today.

The emergency order suspends parliament until August 1 and gives the prime minister's government broad authority to enact laws.

Mr. Muhyiddin also said no curfews will be imposed during this period and he pledged not to interfere in the judiciary.

He insisted he was committed to holding a general election once the country's outbreak is brought under control. The United Malays National Organization, the coalition's largest party, has threatened to withdraw support from the prime minister.

Malaysia's palace said Muhyiddin requested King Al-Sultan Abdullah to declare emergency as a proactive measure to curb COVID-19.

People wearing face masks walk on a street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan. 11, 2021.


Malaysia's virus cases have spiralled from just over 15,000 three months ago to 1,38,224, including 555 deaths.

Under the stricter restrictions, all social events involved mass gathering are banned, residents only allowed to travel within a radius of 10 kilometers, and no dine-in for restaurants.

Essential businesses - such as supermarkets and banks - can continue operating, as can five key economic sectors including manufacturing and construction, Muhyiddin said.

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

Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said most people could understand the need for movement curbs but an emergency declaration appeared overblown as it is unclear how that could help slow the virus spread.

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

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