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Malaysia in transition

Malaysian king slams Muhyiddin's sudden COVID emergency reversal

Palace suggests ending decree early and scrapping ordinances was unconstitutional

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks in parliament on July 26 after the legislature reopened, following a seven-month hiatus.   © Malaysia's Department of Information via AP

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin on Thursday expressed his unhappiness over the government's handling of the nation's coronavirus state of emergency -- the quiet and abrupt cancellation of which has sparked an uproar in parliament.

The king had proclaimed the emergency from January to Aug. 1. He and his fellow Malay state rulers recently made it clear the declaration should not be extended beyond that date, and urged the reluctant government to reconvene the country's suspended parliament to debate ordinances passed during the period.

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