Speaker: Perak awaiting reply from AGC to hold state assembly sitting

Perak Speaker Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid.

IPOH (Bernama): Perak is waiting for a reply from the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) on the application to hold the state legislative assembly sitting in the near future.

Speaker Datuk Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid said the state legal advisor had referred the matter to the AGC.

"We are still waiting and have yet to be informed whether it can be implemented or otherwise. InsyAllah in the near future we will hear the views, and then we will consider (next course of action).

"Besides, I will have discussions with the Perak Mentri Besar and with all parties in the Perak state legislative assembly, regardless whether they are from the government or the opposition," he said.

He said this at a press conference after officiating the International Women's Day 2021 Seminar at the Ipoh Convention Centre Monday (March 8)which was also attended by Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.

Zahir said he had received many suggestions through discussions held, such as holding a conference or meeting among state assemblymen.

"It is a good practice which offers space for assemblymen to ask questions and for the government to provide answers so that the people's problems can continue to be officially presented and resolved.

"However, it is subject to the advice and views of the state Legal Advisor and the AGC," he explained, adding that the Perak state assembly should convene no later than this June after the last sitting was held in December.

On Feb 24, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed the view that Parliament could sit during the Emergency period on a date deemed as appropriate by His Majesty, based on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Earlier at the event, a total of 250 women participants from various government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attended the one-day seminar, themed 'Women in Leadership'. – Bernama

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