Speakers recommend special Parliament session early August

by RAHIMI YUNUS

Dewan Negara Speaker Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said a special Parliament session is proposed in early August to detail the resolutions, parliamentary proceeding rules and other technicalities for the hybrid sessions.

The hybrid Parliament sittings could be held in late August, or the first week of September, House speakers said.

“If both Houses accept this proposal, a little more time will be needed by the Parliament Malaysia to procure supplies, integrate the hybrid conference system with the existing system, trial-run, commissioning and also training for staff and MPs,” the speakers said in a statement today.

They said the special committee formed that look into the Parliament reconvening has proposed hybrid Parliament sessions that involve the physical presence of at least 26 MPs as required for a quorum and 10 senators in the Senate.

Rais and Azhar said the rest have the option of either attending physically or virtually, subject to any meeting conditions imposed by the National Security Council or Health Ministry at the time of the conference.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah, with the full backing of the Conference of Rulers, had asked that Parliament be reconvened as soon as practicable.

The nine Malay Rulers also said they did not see the necessity to put the nation under the Emergency beyond Aug 1.