The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has proclaimed a six-month emergency in Sarawak from Aug 2 to Feb 2, 2022, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, suspending any state election for that period.
A government gazette dated July 30 said Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah decreed that the emergency was to suspend the state election in order to prevent any further increase in the spread of Covid-19 if polls are held
The king also decreed that a grave emergency exists whereby the security, economic life and public order in the country are under threat by the pandemic.
The gazette said that in accordance with Article 21(3) of the Sarawak constitution, the state legislative assembly should have been dissolved on June 7.
As the ongoing nationwide emergency, proclaimed on Jan 11, will end on Aug 2, the Sarawak state election would have to be held within 60 days from Aug 2 in accordance with Article 21(4) of the Sarawak state constitution, it said.
“Therefore, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, in an exercise of the powers conferred as aforesaid, proclaims that a grave state of emergency exists and that this proclamation shall extend throughout the state of Sarawak from Aug 2, 2021 to Feb 2, 2022,” the king said.
The proclamation of emergency was issued at Istana Abdulaziz in Indera Mahkota, Kuantan, on July 29.
The gazette said the proclamation of emergency will be laid before Parliament pursuant to Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution.