There is still and on going legal actions for the past series of chaotic interactions between the government.  On account of, Senior Minister and Minister for Foreign Trade and Industry (Datuk Seri) Azmin Ali’s legal challenge has added insult to injury when he was expected to convene a conference of chief ministers and Mentri-Mentri Besar to find agreement on a staggered restart of the economy by means of the conditional movement control order.

Azmin is clearly not familiar with the Constitution of Malaysia. He will note the argument made by Hassan Abdul Karim, Chairman of the Parliamentary Special Committee on Federal / State Ties, who pointed out that federal and state governments are jointly granted authority on health issues under the Federal Constitution’s Ninth Schedule.

Lim shared that the Public Health and Disease Control matters their existence on the combined register, meaning that the federal and state governments have shared authority on these issues.

In view of this, it’s neither Azmin nor the federal government should rely entirely on invoking the 1988 Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act (Act 342) to enforce their will on countries to obey the decision of the federal government to reopen the economy on May 4.

The six states, Kedah, Sabah, Pahang, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak have agreed not to obey the decision by the federal government, while three states, Selangor, Perak and Negri Sembilan have announced that they would restrict the number of businesses permitted to restart operations.

While Azmin referred to the meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), on last April 28 that attended by chief ministers and mentri-mentri besar. There was no agreement at that meeting on how the different economic sectors should be reopened under a CMCO to allow for a phased lifting and soft-landing exit strategy.

He added that there should have been a second conference of Chief Ministers and Mentri-Mentri Besar before the MCO’s lifting and the CMCO’s implementation on 4 May.


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