Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says a special committee that includes opposition MPs will decide if the emergency can end sooner. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the emergency and suspension of Parliament is for the sake of addressing the Covid-19 situation, stressing that he does understand the meaning of democracy.

“Not one (emergency) ordinance enables the prime minister to remain in power forever,” he said in a speech in conjunction with his Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration’s one-year anniversary.

“In fact, the date for this emergency to end has been set for Aug 1. This is the first time in the history of our country that a date has been set for an emergency to end,” he said, adding that a special committee, which also includes opposition MPs, will recommend to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if this date should be brought forward or extended.

Muhyiddin said he respects democracy and the Federal Constitution, and that he will seek the dissolution of Parliament to pave the way for a fresh general election (GE15) once the Covid-19 situation is addressed.

“The main focus of this government now is to steer this country clear of the double impact from the health and economic crises,” he said in a speech held in Putrajaya.

“When the election is held, of course, we will leave it to the people to decide whether the Perikatan Nasional government should be re-elected or otherwise. You are free to choose and that is what democracy is all about.”

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