People clad in face masks seen in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP
People clad in face masks seen in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP

Malaysia declares emergency over Covid-19 surge, giving embattled Muhyiddin some breathing room

  • The emergency will last until August 1 unless infections slow before then, with parliament suspended for the first time in more than 50 years
  • The move gives PM Muhyiddin Yassin the ability to govern by fiat and will preserve his political future amid waning support, observers say

People clad in face masks seen in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP
People clad in face masks seen in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP
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