Civil society groups file suit against govt on emergency 

Noel Achariam Desmond Davidson

Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann says the proclamation of emergency had resulted in both houses of Parliament being unable to fulfil their constitutional role of debating and voting on the Emergency Ordinance. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 2, 2021.

SEVEN civil society groups have filed a public interest suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the federal government, seeking a declaration the emergency imposed on January 12 is unconstitutional.

The groups, advocates of strengthening parliamentary democracy and the safeguarding of the civic space, are in particular seeking declarations on whether Section 14 of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance, which suspends Parliament, and Article 150(8) of the federal constitution, which ousts the jurisdiction of the courts, are unconstitutional.

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