PETALING JAYA: Parliament will not convene during the period of the Emergency proclamation which ends on Aug 1, says Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said this was because the Cabinet had advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that Parliament would not be convened during the state of emergency.
“The Cabinet advised the Agong that there will be no Parliament sitting. That is the situation now, ” he told a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.
Takiyuddin, who oversees matters involving the law, said the statement made by Istana Negara last week was to explain that there would be no Parliament sitting and any decision to convene a sitting must be made by the Cabinet.
He said the decision not to convene Parliament was also made based on science and data, as well as the Federal Constitution.
The minister explained that there were many high-risk groups in Parliament, with 77 MPs aged between 61 and 69,19 in the 70 to 79 age bracket, and four aged 80 and above.
There are 220 MPs in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat following the deaths of Datuk Liew Vui Keong (Batu Sapi) and Datuk Hasbullah Osman (Gerik).
“These are facts and you can check. The high-risk groups should not be exposed to Covid-19 because we are in a confined area when Parliament meets, ” Takiyuddin said, pointing out that each MP would have at least three officers accompanying them.
The minister recalled that Parliament was suspended for a period of two years from 1969 to 1972 during the state of emergency declared then.
“The present Emergency is until Aug 1 this year. That’s six months and 20 days, ” he said.
Takiyuddin said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had assured that Parliament would convene once the Emergency Proclamation was lifted.
“That is our explanation and justification. No other hidden meaning, ” he added.