Upko welcomes King's advice for Parliament to sit during Emergency

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) has welcomed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's advice that Parliament can sit during the current state of Emergency.

The party leaders said the King's views reflected his concerns and the importance of maintaining the functions of the three branches of government - executive, legislature and judiciary - during this challenging time.

"With the statement from the King, we hope that Parliament will be called soon as many issues and matters need to be addressed urgently.

"Likewise, the Sabah Legislative Assembly should also reconvene," the leaders - Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, deputy president Senator Datuk Donald Mojuntin and vice-president Datuk Ewon Benedict said.

They said that so far during the current Emergency, only the legislative wing has not functioned as both executive and judiciary were functioning.

However, they remained firm on their stand that a snap general election should be avoided and that the Federal Government must make the effort to talk with the opposition in ensuring stability and confidence in the country.

"This is achievable with a cross-party agreement between the government and the opposition.

"Let us work together and a political ceasefire is possible with the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CSA).

"With such an understanding we would have a functioning and effective Parliament. The government with the support of the opposition under the CSA can bring political stability and with that, we all can concentrate on improving the economy and the livelihood of the people," they said.

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