Media Statement by Concerned Malaysian Academics on the Proposed Emergency Rule

We, the undersigned, note with grave concern the latest political development of the rumoured decision by the Cabinet to advise His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to declare a state of Emergency. According to Article 150 of the Federal Constitution, a Proclamation of Emergency may be issued by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong if he is satisfied that ‘a grave emergency exists whereby the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened’. At this moment in time, the country is nowhere near such situation.