KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 – Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) yesterday afternoon only add to more confusion, especially among the people.
The party president said on his FB, before the statement was issued, the media reported that Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun first came to the Prime Minister’s residence in Bukit Damansara.
“The statement tried to justify the actions of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government which had clearly angered the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. My advice to all is not to be confused with the statement so as not create stress. Just calm down,” said the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman.
Ahmad Zahid added, the bottom line is that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had yesterday expressed his sadness over the government’s action in announcing the revocation of the Emergency Ordinance without His Majesty’s consent.
“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong regrets that what he agreed and agreed to when the Minister and the Attorney General met him virtually on July 24 was not implemented. That is, His Majesty agreed and consented to the repeal of all Emergency Ordinances to be tabled and debated in Parliament.
“The action to repeal the Emergency Ordinance without presentation in Parliament fails to respect the principles of law,” he said.
Zahid further explained that Article 150 (2B) is read with article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution which allocates the power to enact and repeal Emergency Ordinances rests with His Majesty. Then the PMO issued a statement implying that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong should accept and act on the advice of the Cabinet.
“PMO cites Article 40 (1) of the Federal Constitution The Yang di-Pertuan Agong must accept and act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet. It seems they are above The King.
“The PMO said the government has advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to repeal the Emergency Ordinance before the special session of Parliament begins by letter on July 23, 2021. Parliament convenes on July 26, 2021,” he said.
Therefore, the conclusion is likely that the Prime Minister sent a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 23 July 2021 requesting consent to repeal the Emergency Ordinance before Parliament convenes.
“On July 24, 2021, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong told the Minister and the Attorney General that the Emergency Ordinance still needs to be tabled and discussed in Parliament first.
“But the government remains adamant. It was canceled before Parliament convened with the argument that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong should accept and act on the advice of the Cabinet,” he said.