Have a sense of urgency to reconvene Parliament, Warisan says

The royal decree by the King and Council of Rulers for parliament to reconvene is appropriate 


by AZREEN HANI

THE government should have a sense of urgency to reopen the Parliament to prevent more deaths and economic disaster due to Covid-19 pandemic, says Party Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

The party said the royal decree by the King and Council of Rulers for parliament to reconvene as soon as possible is appropriate because it is in line with the efforts of those elected representatives of parties that have been working to help the people who are constantly hampered by hardship due to the pandemic.

“Warisan urges that the government takes this sense of urgency into serious consideration before more lives are lost and the economy plunges into further decline,” the party said in a statement today.

It added that the re-opening the Dewan Rakyat enables the parliamentary session to discuss the Emergency Ordinance and the National Recovery Plan particularly on spending related to Covid-19 to ensure it can be studied and checked and balanced more effectively to ensure it truly benefits the people.

”This is important so that not a single person affected by the virus is left out. Elected representatives are given the mandate by the people and have the responsibility and the people’s trust to make sure they protect their constituents’ health, safety and well-being,” it said.

The Malaysian Reserve reported The Malaysian Reserve reported on Friday that the government is expected to take the necessary steps needed to enable a parliamentary session as soon as practicable in line with the views of the King and Rulers.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia geostrategist Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Hassan said the term used by the King about the opening of the Parliament — “as soon as possible” — is common sense.

The Royal Highness does not need to specify per se the date.

Azmi said while there are procedures and protocols to be followed in calling for the convening of the Parliament, including a notice to Parliament staff and MPs, there should be a sense of urgency for the government to do so.