Law minister says EO ‘revoked’, FT minister says ‘in the process’

‘The emergency was not cancelled. It doesn’t need to be,’ claims Annuar Musa.

There is more confusion on the status of the emergency ordinances following a startling claim by Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa.

While his colleague de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan told Parliament yesterday that the emergency ordinances were “revoked”, Annuar said it was “in the process”.

“One needs to observe (this point) when reading or sharing news. The emergency was not cancelled. It doesn’t need to be.

“The March 11, 2021 (sic) proclamation states that emergency expires on Aug 1. The question of an announcement (on the end of the emergency) does not arise.

“Yang dalam proses (what’s in the process is) revocation of the emergency ordinances,” wrote Annuar on Twitter today.

This was in response to an article on Umno Online citing his Umno colleague Shahril Hamdan’s opinion on the emergency ordinances.

Earlier today, Takiyuddin refused to entertain repeated queries on whether the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had consented to the revocation of the emergency ordinances.

De facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan

This was despite opposition MPs’ warning that there are huge implications on those with pending court cases. The Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun insisted that Takiyuddin can only respond on Monday.

One backbencher argued that if the emergency was not debated now, it would be academic to do so by Monday (Aug 2), since the emergency expires on Aug 1. Azhar did not relent.

Below is the list of emergency ordinances promulgated this year:

  • Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021
  • Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021
  • Emergency (Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021
  • Emergency (Essential Powers) (No 2) Ordinance 2021 [Note: Anti-fake news law]
  • Emergency (Essential Powers) (Amendment) ordinance 2021 [Note: Power to use consolidated fund or issue supplementary budget without Parliament scrutiny]
  • Emergency (Offenders Compulsory Attendance) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021

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