Agong turns 62 tomorrow. His gift to Malaysians – giving govt a royal bashing over so-called Emergency ordinances revocation

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong confirmed today that he did not consent to the revocation of the Emergency ordinances, expressing that he was “very disappointed” with the statement made in Parliament on Monday that the government had revoked them.

Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, who will turn 62 tomorrow, again expressed his disappointment with Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun, as the two did not follow through with what was presented to, and agreed upon, by the King on July 24.

According to a statement by Istana Negara, Takiyuddin and Idrus held a video conference with the Agong, and it was suggested that the revocation of all the ordinances be discussed and debated in Parliament.

“The Agong stressed that the statement made by the minister (Takiyuddin) was incorrect and had confused MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.”

“The application to revoke all Emergency ordinances effective July 21, which was done hastily without it being tabled in Parliament, and the contradicting and confusing statements in Parliament, did not only fail to respect the principle of the rule of law as enshrined in the Rukun Negara, but has bypassed the role and power of the Agong as the head of state as stated in the Federal Constitution.

“While the Agong is aware that he must act on the advice of the Cabinet as stated under Article 40(1) of the Federal Constitution, the King is of the opinion that as head of state, he has the responsibility to advise and reprimand, if there were actions which were against the rule of law committed by any parties, especially those functioning and carrying out the duties of the Agong.”

The Agong stressed that MPs should prioritise issues related to the people and the country as the nation battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the statement by Istana Negara, there was an uproar in Parliament with MPs demanding for the resignation of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Takiyuddin.

The MPs also demanded for Muhyiddin and Takiyuddin to explain themselves as they had clearly “misled” the MPs and the people following Monday’s statement.

Twentytwo13, had on Sunday, revealed that efforts were then being made to “advise” the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to revoke several emergency ordinances currently enforced, ahead of the Dewan Rakyat’s special sitting the following day.