Transparent barriers to be set up in Dewan Rakyat so all MPs can sit at main block, says Deputy Speaker


  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Transparent barriers will be set up soon to enable all lawmakers to sit at their respective places, says Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

Rashid said this will be done in order for all lawmakers to sit at the main block, instead of only a few.

"Please be patient with us while we set up the barriers," said Rashid on Monday morning (July 27).

Currently, only 174 out of the 222 MPs sit in the main block while the rest sit at the public gallery as well as the area where officers are usually seated.

This is to allow social distancing among lawmakers as part of the standard operating procedures (SOP) due to Covid-19.

However, many lawmakers seated at the public gallery and officers' area complained that they were unable to debate or ask questions properly, due to the lack of microphones set up.

Rashid also said that those currently sitting in the public gallery will be moved to where the officers sit, following requests from lawmakers themselves.

"A few microphones will be set up, together with a rostrum for MPs to ask their questions.

"Please state your constituency before asking your questions or starting your debates," he told lawmakers.

He added that there are several blind spots, hence MPs should stand and look directly at the Speaker or Deputy Speakers to get their attention.

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