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

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
People clad in face masks seen in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP
People clad in face masks seen in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AP
READ FULL ARTICLE