On the first day of the Parliament sitting, the de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan caught all everybody off guard after he suddenly announced that the Emergency Ordinance was revoked on 21 July.
Despite the Opposition Member of Parliaments (MP) pressuring the Government to clarify on the matter, the Minister and the Speaker had avoided the question and gave assurance that the matter will be presented in the Parliament sitting in 2 August.
Responding to the matter, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has expressed his disappointment with the Perikatan National (PN) to revoke the Emergency Ordinance on 21 July without the his consent.
Today (29 July), the Istana Negara released a statement on behalf of the Agong and it was circulated on the social media.
In the statement, his Majesty stressed that the statement made by Takiyuddin is inaccurate and he had misled the MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.
In addition, the Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that the Article 150 (2b) read with Article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution clearly states that the power to enact and repeal emergency ordinances rests with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He then said that the King has suggested that the revocation of Emergency Ordinances be tabled and debated in Parliament was not implemented.
“His Majesty’s proposal was agreed upon earlier during a virtual meeting on July 24 with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law Affairs) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun.”
“His Majesty stressed that the statement made by the parliament affairs minister on July 26 is not accurate and has confused the members of the Dewan Rakyat.” Ahmad Fadli said.
He added that the government’s application to revoke the Emergency Ordinances on 21 July was done in a hurry and had not gone through Parliament.
“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong feels that the hasty revocation of the Ordinances and the contradicting and confusing statement made in Parliament does not respect the principles of the rule of law. It is also disrespect towards His Majesty’s functions and powers as the head of state, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.” he said.
Meanwhile, he pointed out that the King feels that this “unconstitutional acts” by the government must made known to the citizens of Malaysia.
“His Majesty is aware of the need for him to act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet, as contained in article 40 (1) of the Federal Constitution.”
“However, His Majesty feels as the head of state, he has a duty to reprimand any unconstitutional acts committed by a party.”
“This is especially towards those who perform the functions and powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.” the statement said.
Read the statement from the King here: