JOHOR BARU: The Johor state assembly sitting will go ahead as scheduled with some minor changes under the movement control order (MCO).
State speaker Suhaizan Kaiat said that the sitting would be held on May 14.
He said that Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar would be officiating the one-day sitting and attendance for all 56 assemblymen is compulsory.
“Normally, the official opening of the state assembly sitting will be held at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim at Bukit Timbalan here.
“However, following the MCO as well as the smaller size of the hall in Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, the opening will be held at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar instead, ” he said on Friday (May 1).
Suhaizan said that the sitting would not be held online as all elected assemblymen would physically attend the sitting.
“There will be some new standard operating procedures (SOP) for those attending the sitting as part of preventive measures against Covid-19.
“Among the steps is increasing the distance between all 56 assemblymen and this is possible because of the vast space available at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, ” he added.
He also said that screenings would be conducted on those attending the sitting while all assemblymen must declare their health condition as well as notify authorities if they have travelled overseas prior to the MCO.
Suhaizan added that this would ensure the health of those attending the sitting would be safeguarded from Covid-19.
This will be the first state assembly sitting since Pakatan Harapan lost control of the Johor government on Feb 27 this year.
The new Perikatan Nasional coalition of Umno, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and MIC has the majority seats and Benut assemblyman Datuk Hasni Mohammad is the new Johor Mentri Besar.