Change in seating arrangements in Dewan Rakyat, MPs observe social distancing


  • Nation
  • Monday, 18 May 2020

Most MPs were wearing face masks as the attended the one-day meeting of Parliament on Monday (May 18).

PETALING JAYA: The Dewan Rakyat meeting under the newly-minted Perikatan Nasional government on Monday (May 18) saw a change in the seating of lawmakers.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Pagoh MP, was the first to be seated in the government bloc as the government leader.

With the social distancing rule being observed by lawmakers in the august House, MPs were not seated right next to each other, instead there was a one-seat space between them.

Next to Muhyiddin was Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is also the International Trade and Industry Minister.

This was followed by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is the Defence Minister, as well as Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

On the Opposition bloc, the first to be seated was Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who has been nominated by Pakatan Harapan as the Opposition leader.

Next to him is former Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, followed by former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Next to her was Iskandar Puteri MP and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who sat with the Opposition bloc for the first time in his political career, was seated somewhere in the middle of the curve in the first-row bench.

Due to social distancing, some of the lawmakers could even be seen occupying the seating at the gallery, which is on the top floor and gives a view of the Dewan Rakyat.

Most of the lawmakers could also be seen wearing protective face masks.

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