Malaysia's King declares national state of emergency to curb spread of Covid-19: Statement, SE Asia


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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has declared a national emergency to battle the coronavirus pandemic that has killed as many people this year as the whole of 2020. The Palace said on Tuesday (Jan 12) that King Abdullah Ahmad Shah has assented to the government's request for an emergency order that will be effective up to Aug 1, or earlier should Covid-19 cases come under control. "Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the view that the spread of Covid-19 in the country is at a very critical stage and there is need to decree an Emergency Proclamation," the royal comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin...