Revocation of Emergency Ordinances must be tabled, approved in Parliament

Mohamad Asfia explaining the terms of the Emergency (Essential Power) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021 during a press conference. Screenshot taken from a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream today (August 4, 2021).

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 4: The Emergency Ordinances under the Emergency (Essential Power) Ordinance 2021 will have to be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat and subsequently approved before it can be revoked completely.

Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar said these are the appropriate procedures for the revocation of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 declared by the federal government.


“Unless sooner revoke, the Ordinance and proclamation must be laid on the table in Parliament, approved by both Houses then it ends.

“The legal effect continues …. until there is a resolution laid on the table in Parliament to revoke and annul it,” he told reporters during a special press conference at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex here today.

Mohamad Asfia noted that the Parliament had in 1984 passed the Constitutional Amendment Act which amended Article 150 of the Federal Constitution by inserting new clauses.

With that, he pointed out, the revocation of Emergency Ordinances must be tabled in Parliament and approved before they can be revoked.

He noted the Emergency (Essential Power) Ordinance 2021 was promulgated by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah under Article 150(1) and Article 150(2B) of the Federal Constitution.

Therefore, he said Article 150(2C) of the Federal Constitution applies whereby a motion for the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances will have to be tabled at the upcoming Parliament sitting in September, and approved before the revocation process ends.

Meanwhile, during the Parliament sitting on July 26, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the Emergency Ordinances under the Emergency (Essential Power) Ordinance 2021 was revoked by the Federal Cabinet on July 21.

His announcement drew an uproar and dissatisfaction from federal opposition lawmakers who demanded he explain the procedures of the revocation in accordance with the Federal Constitution.

Subsequently, His Majesty released a statement saying that the revocation of the emergency ordinances was done without his consent. — DayakDaily