Committee formed to look into reconvening of Parliament

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE 

PRIME Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a committee comprising government and Opposition representatives had been formed to look into important aspects before Parliament reconvenes.

Muhyiddin said the committee would consider whether it should be a physical or hybrid parliamentary sitting.

“Whether it (the sitting) will be held hybrid or physical will be referred to the current Parliament Standing Orders,” he told reporters after visiting the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre vaccination centre yesterday.

He said the government needed to scrutinise all matters to avoid problems after its implementation.

“I will need to closely look into this. I understand (the matter) very well and I was advised not only by the Minister of Law but by the Attorney-General that my actions and those of the government must be in line with what is stipulated in the Constitution,” he said.

He said the government, among others, needs to take into account whether the sitting can be held physically and whether a hybrid session was in line with provisions in the Standing Orders.

Besides this, he said there is also a need to consider whether Parliament itself is ready for a physical sitting, including with regard to sitting arrangements which needed to comply with the set standard operating procedures.

The PM also gave his commitment that both government backbenchers and Opposition members represented in the committee will have a say in the decision-making process on whether to reconvene Parliament or not.

In this regard, he hoped the people would understand the situation, adding that it was not a matter of the government denying the rights of the elected representatives or acting against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or Malay Rulers’ views.

“I understand my responsibilities as PM, but I have to act fairly to ensure there are no arising issues or problems later on…This is something I hope the people can understand and wait for (Parliament session),” he said.