DUN to dissolve next Feb 3

Datuk Seri JC Fong

KUCHING: Barring any early revocation of the Emergency by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in consultation with the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) will only be dissolved on Feb 3 next year.

State Legal Counsel Datuk Seri JC Fong said the current proclamation of Emergency has a sunset clause which on Feb 2.

He said the Emergency Ordinance meant that provisions relating to the dissolution of the state legislature will have no effect as long as Emergency is in force.

“Even though the legislature under the Constitution, should dissolve by June 7, because that provision has no effect, there is no dissolution.

“Dissolution should take effect after the proclamation ends, in this case, under the new Emergency, if it is allowed to last until Feb 2 next year, the DUN will be dissolved on the next day, Feb 3,” he said.

He said this during an online lecture held by The Sarawak Initiatives (TSI) on Saturday (July 31).

Earlier Saturday, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had decreed that Sarawak be placed under a Proclamation of Emergency from Aug 2, 2021 to Feb 2, 2022.

The proclamation has prevented the state election from being held within 60 days from the expiry of the current nationwide Emergency on Monday (Aug 1).

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin through a statement through the Prime Minister’s Office said the Emergency Proclamation was needed amid the debilitating Covid-19 situation nationwide.

The PMO said the Cabinet during its meeting on July 21 agreed to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to approve Proclamation of Emergency for Sarawak.

The current Sarawak DUN has exceeded its five-year term on June 6 after it first met on June 7, 2016.