PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has slammed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan for refusing to reconvene parliament during the Emergency.
The Barisan Nasional chairman said that the refusal to reconvene Parliament is akin to challenging the decree made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and insulting the royal institution.
He added that in line with the promise to uphold the principles of the Federal Constitution, Barisan maintained that members of the Dewan Rakyat should be able to exercise their responsibilities and duties.
"In this matter, Barisan would like to apologise to the King if the minister's statement had hurt His Majesty's feelings.
"Barisan proposed that Dewan Rakyat members appeal to the Prime minister and the Cabinet to respect the decree made by the King that Parliament should be reconvened immediately, considering that the movement control order had been eased," he said in a statement on Thursday (March 4).
Zahid was responding to Takiyuddin statement that Parliament would not convene until the state of emergency ends on Aug 1.
Takiyuddin said this was because the Cabinet had advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that Parliament would not be convened during the state of emergency.
On Sept 24, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah decreed that Parliament may convene during the current state of emergency period on a date considered appropriate by the ruler, upon the advice of the prime minister.
Barisan also appealed to the King, if he approves, to ask to reconvene Parliament immediately as provided under Section 40(1)(b) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 and Article 40 of the Federal Constitution.
"If it is approved by the King, I will also seek an audience to express my views, for the socio-economic growth of the country, especially for those who are most affected now," said the Bagan Datuk MP.