Govt studies hybrid parliament sitting

by TMR

THE government is studying a hybrid sitting for both Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara sessions, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said.

He said this following a meeting with the speakers and deputy speakers from the Lower and Upper House today.

“The meeting agreed in principle with the concept plan of hybrid parliamentary sitting where the Members of Parliament (MPs) will have to be present either in physical or virtual,” Takiyuddin said in a statement.

“We decided for a detailed study to be conducted immediately to be presented to the Cabinet for further deliberation and approval,” he added.

The meeting also discussed on several aspects for this proposal including infrastructure, financial, technicalities and legal aspects of it.

Prior to this Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said had proposed several standard operating procedures for the Parliament to reconvene which, among others, include virtual sessions.

“Invest in preparing for virtual Parliament and speech-to-text systems. It’s not costly! Even Zoom provides polling options to facilitate voting processes.”

Azalina said she spoke with Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who had no objection for such sessions to be held.

“At the expense of sounding like a broken record, I see no other way for Malaysia to move forward in this state of Emergency but for the Parliament to reconvene.”