Umno, BN MPs to have virtual meeting on special parliamentary session

PETALING JAYA: Umno and other Barisan Nasional MPs will convene virtually soon to discuss whether to agree or reject a call for a special parliamentary session regarding the Emergency proclamation, says Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic).

The Kinabatangan MP, who is also an Umno supreme council member, said it is important to bring the matter up for discussion among the MPs before coming to any decision.

"We plan to have it soon. Maybe tomorrow or the day after," he said when contacted Tuesday (Jan 19).

In the letter viewed by the media, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan requested Barisan and Umno MPs to reply to him by 12.30pm today (Jan 19).

However, Bung, who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister I, said the deadline was more of a formality and discussions should take place among the MPs first.

Earlier, Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa criticised Ahmad for urging MPs to agree to the special parliamentary session.

He said Ahmad's action went against the party's decision to comply with the Emergency proclamation by the King under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution.

Annuar, who is also the Federal Territories Minister, also described Ahmad's action as a violation of organisational ethics and requested the Pontian MP retract it.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has rejected a request to hold a special parliamentary session on the Emergency proclamation.

She said the recently gazetted Emergency Ordinance states that Parliament can only convene when it is decided by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"As such, the chances of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to call for a Parliament meeting in the near time, or to cancel the Emergency proclamation and Ordinance, is very slim," she said on Tuesday.

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