On Tuesday Jun 15th, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made a live telecast at 5pm. The PM said Malaysia’s parliament can reconvene during the third phase of the national recovery plan against the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, the country is in a state of emergency since January. Consequently, parliament has not met since then.
When will parliament reconvene?
Tan Sri Muhyiddin says this is likely to take place in September or October this year.
While unveiling the recovery plan, Tan Sri Muhyiddin said “I wish to give my commitment that the parliament meeting can be held in this phase, around September or October, with tight standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.”
This has been Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s stance since early on. The PM has hopes that at the appropriate time, Malaysia’s system of parliamentary democracy could function once again. He believes such a time will come when the country nearly reaches herd immunity, and COVID-19 cases come under control.
The PM will continue to support the principles of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin said “Don’t let there be any parties who purposely create unrest and disorder among the people to the extent of hindering the government’s main task to handle the pandemic.”
Four-phase exit strategy unveiled in the national recovery plan
Beginning with the current total lockdown, the national recovery plan is a four-phase COVID-19 exit strategy. There are three indicators for the country to transition from one phase to another. They are: firstly, vaccination rates; secondly, daily COVID-19 cases; and lastly, intensive care unit occupancy.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin outlined meeting three conditions before entering phase three. First, the daily cases must fall below 2,000. Second, the public healthcare capacity must be at a comfortable level and must have enough ICU beds. The third and last condition – both vaccine doses must be administered to at least 40 percent of Malaysia’s population.
The PM said “The earliest these thresholds can be reached is by the end of August 2021.”
The government will allow reopening of additional economic activities as the country moves into each different phase. Those activities with a high risk of spreading COVID-19 or involve crowds will continue to be barred.
For example, education together with certain sports activities could gradually begin to reopen during the recovery plan’s third phase.
Total lockdown extended to Jun 28th
Currently, Malaysia is in the middle of a total lockdown known as Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0. It started on Jun 1st, and Jun 14th is when MCO 3.0 was to end. However, it is now extended to Jun 28th.
Tuesday saw a total of 5,419 new cases. This brings the national tally to 667,876. The country could transition to the second phase when daily average cases fall below 4,000, said the PM.
Implementation of the fourth and final phase is expected by the end of October. The government expects daily cases to fall below 500 by this time. It also expects 60 percent of the population to be fully vaccinated by this time.
“(The fourth phase) is when we can return to normal daily life as much as possible. All economic sectors will open, more social activities will be permitted, interstate travel will be allowed and domestic tourism will also reopen with strict SOPs,” he said.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin stresses that the national recovery plan is dynamic. Upon achieving the three thresholds, the government would decide to move into the next phase.
State of Emergency since January
In January, King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, proclaimed a state of emergency in Malaysia to curb COVID-19’s spread. Aug 1st is the date the emergency rule is set to end on . It may end sooner, if the pandemic situation improves.
The current state of emergency is seeing the suspension of both parliament and state legislature sittings, as well as elections. Some economic activities can continue to operate though.
Malaysian King meets 18 key political leaders
Since last week, the King has held a series of audiences with 18 key political leaders for their views on the current Emergency Rule and COVID-19 status. Opposition leader Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad were among those interviewed.
The views of the political leaders will be presented in a special Rulers Conference at 2.30pm today.
16th June 2021 23:00
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