Malaysia’s King calls for calm ahead of meeting with other royals to discuss emergency move

Malaysia’s King calls for calm ahead of meeting with other royals to discuss emergency move

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah on Saturday (Oct 24) advised his subjects “to stay calm, not to panic and be patient” as the monarch prepared to meet other Malay rulers on a request by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to impose emergency measures.

“Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah will hold a meeting with the Malay rulers at Istana Negara as soon as possible to discuss and refine the suggestions proposed by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” palace comptroller Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement.

It also said that the King “very much understands the need for continuity in the country’s administration to battle the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

The Star newspaper reported that the informal meeting of the rulers will be held on Sunday at 2.30pm.

It has been a tumultuous two days after Mr Muhyiddin met the King to seek his consent to invoke emergency powers.

Earlier, on Friday morning, Mr Muhyiddin chaired a special Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya to discuss the proclamation of an “economic emergency” which would ensure that political upheaval did not jeopardise government spending to curb the Covid-19 situation which continues to deteriorate sharply in the country with a record high of 1,228 new cases on Saturday.