Abang Johari

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is keeping mum amid talks that a state of emergency will be declared in the country.

“Whether a state of emergency will be declared or otherwise, I have no idea as there is no information on that yet. I can’t comment on the matter as yet.

“We have to wait for an official announcement from the palace on the matter as it is a serious subject,” he told a press conference here on Saturday.

He was asked to comment on ongoing speculation that a state of emergency would be declared after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Friday.

In a statement on Saturday, Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Agong has advised the public to remain calm, not to panic and be patient while awaiting a decision on the proposal made by the prime minister.

“The rakyat is also advised not to make any speculations that could cause confusion and distress, as well as disrupting the peace of the country that we love,” he said.

According to the comptroller, Muhyiddin had an audience with the King at 5pm in Istana Abdul Aziz in Kuantan on Friday.

The statement, however, did not give any details on the suggestions or if a proclamation of emergency was part of the suggestions as heavily speculated.

Ahmad Fadil said the Agong would discuss with the other rulers on the suggestions he received from the cabinet before making a decision.