‘Big tent’ approach to get Parliament to reconvene


PETALING JAYA: To strengthen its call for Parliament to convene, Pakatan Harapan has decided to adopt a “big tent” approach.

Its presidential council said this involved 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 yesterday.

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.

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 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 the Cabinet had advised the King that the Parliament would not convene during the Emergency Proclamation.

Calls for Parliament to convene have also come from Umno leaders such as Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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