PUTRAJAYA (Oct 26): Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today chaired another special meeting with his Cabinet following Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Riáyatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah’s decree yesterday that there was no necessity to declare a state of emergency in the country.
The last time such a special meeting was held was last Friday.
Muhyiddin arrived at Perdana Putra Complex at 9.20am to begin his daily routine and chaired the meeting, which began at 11.30am.
As soon as it ended at about 2pm, Cabinet ministers from Barisan Nasional (BN) were seen heading to Menara Dato’Onn in Kuala Lumpur, to attend a special BN meeting.
“Yes, I’m going. I heard it (the meeting) already started,” Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who was recently appointed as the BN treasurer, replied briefly when asked.
Media attempts to get more details on the special Cabinet meeting were to no avail.
Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali only waved to the media through an open rear window as his car passed by.
Apart from Cabinet ministers, Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun also attended the special meeting.
Yesterday, Al-Sultan Abdullah in a statement issued by Istana Negara decreed that there was no necessity for a state of emergency to be declared in the country and that the people, regardless of their background and political ideology, should put aside their differences and quarrels so as to unite and play their role in helping the government and relevant authorities curb the spread of Covid-19 for everyone’s safety and country’s well-being.
Muhyiddin, in a statement late last night, said that the Cabinet took note of the King’s decree and would hold further discussions on the matter.
The prime minister also thanked His Majesty for the trust placed in his government and welcomed the advice so that the stability of the government is not jeopardised.
He said the government would continue to give priority to protecting the people from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Malay Rulers convened a special meeting which lasted almost three hours yesterday to study the proposals made by Muhyiddin and several Cabinet ministers during their audience with the King at Istana Abdul Aziz in Kuantan, Pahang last Friday.
Meanwhile, before chairing the special Cabinet meeting, Muhyiddin was believed to have met with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and MIC president Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran.
The vehicles carrying Abdul Hadi and Vigneswaran were seen entering the Perdana Putra area 10 minutes after Muhyiddin’s arrival and left just as the special Cabinet meeting began.