China locks down 45,000+ people after new COVID-19 cases, threatens criminal charges for those who disobey
October 27, 2021
Malaysia’s parliament sat for the first time this year on Monday, providing lawmakers an opportunity to question Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin over his government’s handling of the pandemic and the economy.
The five-day session will see Malaysia’s emergency declaration and bills on fake news and penalties for breaching Covid protocols finally laid before the house for legislators to scrutinise. The emergency declaration, which is set to end on Aug 1, handed the government premier wide-ranging powers to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, including shuttering parliament and introducing regulations without legislative approval.
Despite Muhyiddin’s actions, daily coronavirus cases have more than tripled since the emergency was first imposed on Jan 12. Confirmed cases have breached the one million mark and public anger is intensifying. Much of the country remains under lockdown as it added a record-high number of new infections for the third straight day on Sunday.
Monday’s sitting began with lawmakers present expressing their frustration that they were unable to debate or vote on the emergency and the six regulations that the government pushed through during that period. Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan said their point was irrelevant given that government had revoked the regulations from July 21st.
“The best way for Muhyiddin to save himself is to embrace multipartisan governance,” said Wong Chin Huat, a professor of political science at the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University in Malaysia. Huat went onto say that failure to do this could result in a vote of no confidence.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: SCMP.COM