Put national interests ahead of power struggles if Parliament is convened, says Umno veep

PUTRAJAYA: Power struggles and conflicts of political ideology must take a back seat if Parliament is convened during the Emergency, says an Umno leader.

Party vice-president Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin (pic) said that this is so that the session will help the country find a way out of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty, an says.

Mohamed Khaled added that lawmakers, whether representing the Government or the Opposition, should use the occasion to prove that Parliament is a place where the people’s voices are heard.

“Set aside political differences and power struggles. Make full use of the opportunity to show leadership and serve the people and country in the best possible way, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 25).

Khaled expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for His Majesty's concern and attention on the issue of convening Parliament.

The Prime Minister, he said, should take note of the Agong’s views and advise His Majesty on the most suitable date for Parliament to convene.

On Feb 24, the Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said His Majesty had expressed his views that Parliament can be convened during the state of Emergency, on a date deemed appropriate by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and on the advice of the Prime Minister.

On Jan 12, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said no parliamentary and state assembly sittings, general election, state or by-election will be held during the Emergency period.

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