Dr M decries decision to only allow Royal Address at May 18 Parliament meeting

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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has decried the decision by the Dewan Rakyat to only allow the opening address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the one-day meeting on May 18, claiming it did not fulfil the rules of the august house.

The former prime minister said that the Agong’s royal address was on behalf of the government and that it should be debated and then put for a vote

“This does not fulfil the rules of a Dewan Rakyat meeting, ” Dr Mahathir said in a video message on Wednesday (May 13).

He also decried the decision to delay the meeting and to not allow the request for a eight-day meeting.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said the meeting on May 18 would only feature the opening address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, with no other government business to attend to for that day.

Dr Mahathir also said that he had been waiting for a chance to explain his motion to table a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, which was accepted by the Dewan Rakyat.

“But it looks as if there is an attempt to stop me from speaking as a member of the Dewan...What kind of a government doesn’t allow their Dewan members to speak?” Dr Mahathir asked.

He also claimed that Muhyiddin’s appointment as Prime Minister was not valid at the time of his swearing in, and that the Dewan Rakyat could determine this.

Initially, a few matters were set for the one-day May 18 meeting.

Aside from the opening of the meeting by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the session was only to settle government business.

This was supposed to include the declaration of the appointment of the Opposition leader, the tabling of a motion on the appointment of the Parliamentary Select Committee, as well as the appointment of the chairman and deputy of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Two Supplementary Supply Bills were also supposed to be tabled for its first reading as well as a motion to adjourn debate on the King's speech.

Parliament will reconvene on July 13.

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