PETALING JAYA: Parliament should reconvene to debate the 12th Malaysia Plan, says the G25 group of eminent Malays.
It said that if Parliament reconvenes, MPs can debate on the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-25) as it contains the policy framework and the allocation of resources for national development.
G25 added that the plan should have been tabled to Parliament by April at the latest in keeping with past practices.
"Although the Five-Year Plan is not a statutory legislation, nevertheless, it is a document that all investors are anxiously waiting for so that they can see the policy direction for the future of the economy," said G25
It added that all Malaysians are also anxious to see whether the government will adopt the Shared Prosperity Vision in the 12th Malaysia Plan document to emphasise that the distribution policy will now be based on needs instead of race.
"This will set the country on the road towards becoming a progressive nation with economic justice for all, irrespective of race and religion," said G25.
G25 also said that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's advice to reconvene Parliament immediately should be heeded by the government as it is a matter of national urgency.
The group said that this would show respect and understanding of His Majesty’s role in advising the government during situations such as an Emergency.
G25 also said the move will also dispel any suspicion that the government may be delaying a Parliament sitting due to self-interest.
"Through the parliamentary process, with the transparency and accountability of ministers answering questions from the floor, there will be less cynicism and conspiracy theories from Malaysians and foreigners about the government’s real intentions," said the group in a statement on Saturday (June 19).
On June 16, the King called for Parliament to be reconvened as soon as possible.
Istana Negara Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Mustafa Billah Shah conveyed this after looking at all the views presented by the political leaders, the Special Independent Committee on Emergency and experts as well as government agencies.
The group added that there should not be a problem reconvening Parliament now that all lawmakers have already been vaccinated, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) would be strictly enforced.
"Parliament could even sit in a hybrid manner, with MPs and officials present both physically and virtually if it is deemed necessary for safety reasons.
"There is no reason to wait until August when having a Parliament sitting now can help improve our situation quickly.
"In dealing with a crisis of this magnitude, which is unprecedented in our nation’s history, all hands need to be on deck.
“The Members of Parliament, who are the voices of the people, need to be given the platform to voice out the concerns of the citizens and the expectations from their constituencies," added G25.