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Malaysia number of new cases dips after yesterday’s record.

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On Wednesday, Malaysia reported 2,985 cases, slightly lower than yesterday’s record high when 3,309 cases were recorded. Also, four deaths were reported today.

On Tuesday, the Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, declared a state of emergency in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, after a record high of new cases. It is believed that this helps Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to strengthen his position and delays any early elections his opponents desire. What this state of emergency means is that the government can introduce new laws without requiring parliamentary approval. The state of emergency which was last declared in the country 50 years ago, will also allow the government to take over private hospitals and the ability to deploy additional police and military.

Many believe that this undermines democracy. The political instability in the country started last year when former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned without warning in February collapsing the government. During this political chaos the King than met all the 222MPs to determine which one is fit to lead the country and has the majority of support. The Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was chosen, but many question the results of the vote.

Malaysia managed to control the virus really well last year after a strict lock-down, but unfortunately a new outbreak emerged last September, which was blamed on the election that was held in the state of Sabah. The country is in a position where their health systems might collapse and new measures must be introduced to prevent this from happening. Malaysia reported 144,518 cases and 563 deaths since the pandemic began last year.

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