Umno veep backs Azalina's proposal to convene Parliament

JOHOR BARU: An Umno leader here has backed the proposal by Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on ways to convene Parliament.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the recommendations showed that Parliament could be convened safely under the new normal.

“Interestingly, the recommendation suggests that the motion concerning support for the prime minister would not be brought up and debated if that is what the government is concerned about.

“I have never seen a more desperate and critical situation than now. I agree and support the view as well the recommendations she has put forward, ” he said in a statement here on Friday (May 28).

He added that the decision to put Parliament sittings on hold could not only tarnish the practice of democracy here but also put the country at risk.

“The country is facing a health crisis and emergency on a scale that we have never witnessed before and there are no signs that the situation will improve anytime soon.

“Unfortunately, Parliament, which is supposed to be the medium of debate and bipartisan cooperation, has been barred from convening.

“The future, security and public trust in the government is not something that can be gambled and covered with made-up feel-good statements.

"The government must stop dealing with any crisis in a way that could marginalise the practice of democracy, ” he said.

He added that he believes all MPs can give their commitment and recommendations to improve the management of the crisis together.

In an open letter on Thursday (May 27), Azalina expressed her frustration at the lack of response from the government for answers outside of Parliament.

“I see no other way for Malaysia to move forward from this state of Emergency but for the government to reconvene Parliament.

“Since the government is fond of standard operating procedures (SOP) for citizens, allow me to humbly put forward my suggested SOP for Parliament, ” she said in the letter posted on Facebook.

The Pengerang MP then listed down her suggestions, which include having all Parliament employees, MPs and Senators vaccinated.

“To minimise unwanted ‘drama’ in Parliament, promulgate an Ordinance for Parliament to reconvene without motions of confidence to be heard.

“Until and unless the pandemic is under control and herd immunity of at least 50% has been achieved, no general election should be held but instead, an interim emergency government with an Emergency Cabinet be formed, with representations from all political parties, ” she said.

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