MPs can move back once barriers are set up

TRANSPARENT barriers will be set up soon to enable all lawmakers to sit at their respective places, says Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

He said this would 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 Mohd Rashid yesterday.

Currently, only 174 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 seated.

This is to allow social distancing among lawmakers as part of Covid-19 standard operating procedure.

Many lawmakers seated at the public gallery and officers’ area complained that they were unable to debate or ask questions properly due to a lack of microphones.

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

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

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

As there are blind spots, affected MPs have been told to stand and look directly at the Speaker or Deputy Speakers to get their attention.

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