MPs push for proof on Emergency revocation

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH/ pic by BERNAMA

Opposition lawmakers at the lower house today continue to press for further details and proof whether the King has consented to the revocation of Emergency announced yesterday.

MPs took issues with the lack of written proof provided by Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (picture), who announced that based on Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution, the government has revoked all Emergency Ordinances (EO) made during the state of emergency which started on Jan 12 this year.

Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal reiterated his argument that the onus is on the King to announce the revocation as the proclamation of emergency was made by him.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil also rose to raise a concern on the implications on the compound issued of which each reached thousands and whether the offenders are still accountable to pay the compounds.

“Quoting media reports, more than 2,200 compounds were issued between July 21 and July 21 with each amounted more than RM1,000.

“If we wait until Monday, what will happen to these people? Clearly, we cannot wait until next week if the minister said the ordinances have already been revoked,” he told Dewan Rakyat today.

Fahmi was referring to the ruling made by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun yesterday who instructed Takiyuddin to answer all questions related to the emergency ordinances (EOs) on Monday.

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer revealed that state legal advisors in other states also have not been aware of the revocation while the offenders to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures are still being charged.

Despite the provocations, Takiyuddin declined to answer all the questions on the validity of his announcement on the basis that the ruling was made for him to answer on Monday.

“Yesterday, the Dewan Speaker made a ruling instructing me to answer on Monday. I humbly request, in order to be fair to the government, for me to give the explanation on Monday,” he said.

Yesterday, Takiyuddin said all the six EOs have been revoked during a cabinet meeting on July 21.

Checks on Dewan Rakyat’s website showed that the six ordinances were recorded in the order paper as agenda to be discussed for sitting dated July 26, but were removed from today’s agenda.