Opposition tells PM to obey king, call parliament sitting

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is compelled to obey the king’s decision that parliament may sit amid a state of emergency, says the Pakatan Harapan presidential council today. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 24, 2021.

PRIME Minister Muhyiddin Yassin must heed the palace’s opinion that parliament may sit amid a state of emergency, said the Pakatan Harapan presidential council today.

The opposition coalition said it fully agreed with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s view that parliament should continue to function during a health crisis.

“We fully agree with the Agong’s decision to see parliament play its constitutional role in addressing important issues facing the people as part of efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as to plan measures to revive the country’s economy,” the council said in a statement signed by the heads of PKR, DAP and Amanah.

“The prime minister must therefore uphold the king’s wishes and immediately advise His Majesty to convene a parliamentary sitting as early as March as originally scheduled.”

The palace this afternoon released a statement conveying Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah’s decision that parliament can meet during a state of emergency.

The king reached the decision after meeting with Dewan Negara Speaker Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun today.

The statement comes 45 days after the Agong acquiesced to the government’s request to declare a state of emergency until August 1 as a coronavirus containment measure

The opposition has accused Muhyiddin of resorting to emergency rule to stay in power after his Perikatan Nasional government lost the majority in parliament.

In the palace’s statement, the king noted that emergency rule was to be a proactive measure to mitigate the coronavirus crisis, and that some quarters are erroneous in thinking that the house may not sit during a state of emergency. 

In the PH presidential council’s statement, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng thanked the Agong for his stance, saying it is also the desire of most MPs that the house should meet to provide oversight on the government.

“The majority of MPs also feel that if the executive and the judiciary can continue to function under an emergency, then parliament should also be allowed to function to scrutinise the government administration and to provide checks and balances.”

The Dewan Rakyat last met on December 17 and the Dewan Negara, on December 29.

Constitutionally, parliament has six months – or until June 29 – to reconvene before it is automatically dissolved. – February 24, 2021.

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  • Not to abide by the Agong's decree is tantamount to being derhaka. The ball is at the feet of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker to get moving, and move fast.

    Posted 3 years ago by Anwar Ismail · Reply