Sumary of Malaysian king confers with Mahathir and peers on COVID emergency:
- Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim were among those invited to see King Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin, amid rampant speculation that current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may be eyeing an emergency extension beyond Aug..
- At the first, last October, the rulers rejected Muhyiddin’s initial proposal of an emergency, though the king later granted one in January as coronavirus cases soared..
- Parliament has been suspended under the current state of emergency — seen by political observers as Muhyiddin’s strategy to remain in power amid rumors that he has lost a majority in the legislature..
- © Reuters The former deputy prime minister argued the emergency is a separate issue from the government’s efforts to contain the pandemic….