Pakatan Harapan presidential council meets ahead of Nov 2 Parliament meeting

PETALING JAYA: The PKR headquarters at Merchant Square here is abuzz with activity as members of the Pakatan Harapan presidential council are meeting on Thursday (Oct 29) ahead of the Nov 2 Parliament meeting on Monday.

The meeting, which started at 4pm, attracted scores of curious members of the media, who gathered as early as 3pm.

Pakatan leaders who attended were Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic), Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, Khalid Abdul Samad, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Lim Kit Siang, Gobind Singh Deo and among others.

Mohamad previously said on Oct 28 that the meeting was to discuss the Opposition’s decision on whether or not to back Budget 2021, which will be tabled next Friday (Nov 6).

Party sources also said the meeting was to deliberate the Opposition’s plans in the coming Parliament meeting, which will take place from Nov 2 until Dec 15.

Budget 2021, which is set to be tabled on Nov 6, will see debates at the policy stage for almost two weeks and three days of ministerial replies, followed by voting on Nov 23.

The government had previously sought to declare a state of emergency after a special Cabinet had taken into account among other things, possible scenarios, should the Budget be defeated by the Opposition.

However, the King then decided against declaring a state of emergency, while reminding politicians to stop all forms of politicking that could disrupt the stability of the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The King also reiterated on Wednesday (Oct 28) that all MPs, regardless of their political leanings, should stop squabbling and give full support to Budget 2021 for the people’s livelihood and to aid the recovery of the economy hit by Covid-19.

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