KOTA KINANALU: Parliament should sit for more than one day as it is necessary for the government to explain issues on Covid-19, says Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said there were questions over the issue of government policies and assistance that should be discussed and explained by the Federal Government.
“People have many questions over Covid-19. The government is giving daily announcements by a senior minister over television. It is a one-way traffic. It is important for us to raise various questions with regards to Covid-19, ” Shafie told reporters when asked to comment over the decision for parliament to hold a one-day sitting for the opening by the King only.
The Sabah Chief Minister said that many times, the senior minister made announcements that caught states off guard because there was no consultation.
“That’s my humble request, ” he said after giving Raya kuih to security forces who will be working through the coming Hari Raya celebrations.
He said the announcement to introduce the conditional movement control order (MCO) took the state by surprise as it was necessary to be consulted as it had to prepare the groundwork to slowly ease the restrictions.
“We are on the ground. We have to manage it, ” he said in explaining that the state was not against the MCO directives but only asked for proper consultation and get the right feedback on issues on the ground.
He said that Sabah held a three-day sitting of the state assembly with the Yang di-Pertua Negeri opening the session, and time was given for discussion on critical Covid-19 issues and allowing for funds to be approved for various assistance.
However, he said that they will try to raise the issues when Parliament meets on May 18.
He said logistic issues on some 11,000 Sabah students returning from Peninsular Malaysia among others needed the Federal Government's coordination.
Shafie also said he was in discussion with airline operators to have more domestic flights within Sabah while the state was looking at helping express bus operators who have to half their passenger load due to social distancing requirements.