The emergency is not medicine for Covid-19, argued Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa in response to complaints that the pandemic was worsening despite a state of emergency.
Annuar was replying to Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming who pointed out on Twitter that the daily new Covid-19 cases on Jan 11, when the emergency took effect, was 2,322 but had since shot up to over 6,000 a day.
"YB, the emergency is not medicine for Covid-19.
"I believe your comprehension can be improved to better levels," Annuar tweeted.
Putrajaya said the emergency was necessary to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Parliament was also suspended following the emergency.
Critics claimed the Perikatan Nasional government was using the emergency to cling to power amid an uncertain majority.
Since the emergency was implemented, another 1,594 people have died from Covid-19, bringing the death toll to 2,149 as of yesterday.