He said an emergency is not necessary.
"The economic crisis is very concerning while unemployment, poverty and gaps increase. An emergency will surely cause the state of the economy to become more perilous,” he noted.
MCO IS SUFFICIENT TO DEAL WITH COVID-19: LIM GUAN ENG
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Lim Guan Eng, who is former finance minister and Democratic Action Party's secretary-general, said the MCO lockdown has been deemed sufficient to deal with the surge in COVID-19 infections.
"How does suspending parliament and arming Muhyiddin with emergency powers help in winning the battle against COVID-19? There are no extra measures under emergency powers that are not already provided under existing laws or the MCO," he said in a statement.
The Bagan MP said the king had not mentioned suspending parliament and the state assemblies in the emergency decree. And while the decree stated the emergency could end sooner than Aug 1, this was not mentioned in the emergency proclamation signed by Mr Muhyiddin, he added.
"Has Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin exceeded then his authority?"
Previously on Jan 9, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) MP Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, who represents Machang constituency in Kelantan, announced his withdrawal of support for Mr Muhyiddin. He had earlier quit his position as chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board.
This was followed by fellow UMNO MP, Mohamed Nazri Aziz of Padang Rengas, who also publicly withdrew support for Mr Muhyiddin on Jan 12.
The state of emergency was declared a day after the prime minister announced tighter curbs, including a nationwide travel ban. Five states including Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah, and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan have been placed under movement control order (MCO) again from Wednesday until Jan 26.
On Thursday, Malaysia reported 3,337 new COVID-19 cases - its biggest daily jump since the start of the pandemic. The new infections bring the nationwide total to 147,855, while the active caseload stands at 33,989. There were also 15 more fatalities, taking the cumulative death toll to 578.
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