Pakatan to use 'big tent' method to get Parliament to reconvene

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan is adopting a "big tent" approach in an effort to get Parliament to reconvene.

Its presidential council said the approach involves sending a memorandum signed by MPs from any party who supported the cause to the King to uphold His Majesty's royal opinion that the Emergency does not prevent Parliament from reconvening.

"We reiterate the need to engage and to cooperate with any parties based on the principles and agenda of reformasi for the benefit of the rakyat," it said in a statement on Saturday (April 10).

The joint statement by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said that after the Pakatan retreat concluded, its leadership was emboldened by the spirit of unity and commitment to reform.

From left: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mohamad Sabu and Lim Guan Eng.From left: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mohamad Sabu and Lim Guan Eng.

On Jan 12, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah proclaimed a state of Emergency nationwide to run until Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Feb 25, the King then decreed that Parliament can convene during the state of Emergency.

On March 3, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said that Cabinet had advised the King that the Parliament will not convene during the Emergency Proclamation.

Calls for Parliament to convene have not only come from Opposition leaders, but also Umno leaders like Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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