KOTA KINABALU: The reopening of Parliament should be done as soon as possible to discuss urgent issues including government spending on Covid-19, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president said on Friday (June 18) this would enable the parliamentary session to discuss the Emergency Ordinance and the National Recovery Plan, particularly on spending related to Covid-19.
"This will ensure it can be studied and checked more effectively to ensure it truly benefits the people.
"This is important so that not a single person is left out. Elected representatives are given the mandate by the people and have the responsibility and the people’s trust to make sure they protect their constituents’ health, safety and wellbeing," the opposition party leader added.
Shafie said it was important that a "sense of urgency" for reconvening Parliament should be adopted by the government as the elected members of the lower house need to discuss ways to help those facing hardships due to the pandemic.
"Warisan urges the government to adopt this sense of urgency to reconvene Parliament before more lives are lost and the economy plunges into further decline," the Semporna MP said in a statement.
Shafie said Warisan welcomed the decision by the Council of Rulers not to extend the Emergency order beyond Aug 1.
"It is evident that Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers have great concern for the rakyat's wellbeing and the hardship that people in this country are going through following the global Covid-19 pandemic," he added.
He said the collective decision by the Council of Rulers was appropriate because during the period of the Emergency since January, there was little sign of Covid-19 cases reducing, and fatalities were increasing.
He said there were many countries in the world that are not in a state of Emergency but are still capable of good governance and curbing the spread of the pandemic as well as carrying out comprehensive vaccination programmes.