Malaysia bar calls for the enactment of ‘Covid-19 law

PETALING JAYA – The Malaysian Bar urged the legislation today for the enactment of “The Covid-19 Law”, saying it is vital for the country to properly plan for an exit strategy before the country emerges from the movement control order (MCO). 

He advises the government to introduce the law as soon as possible, and to extend the sitting of the Dewan Rakyat to cater to this proposed law. 

Parliament is scheduled for a one day sitting of the Dewan Rakyat on May 18 where only the speech of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and certain legislations will be discussed for first reading. 

The Malaysian Bar is pushing for a Covid-19 law similar to Singapore to allow for regulations to protect employers and employees in terms of their contract obligations. 

The law in Singapore was legislated in the second week of April 2020 with regulations such as booking deposits that could not be forfeited for wedding or business functions that had to be postponed and termination of business leases due to no payment.

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