Panel formed to look into reconvening of Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR: A committee comprising government and opposition representatives has been formed to look into important aspects before Parliament reconvenes, says the Prime Minister.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the committee would consider whether it should be a physical or hybrid parliamentary sitting.

“Whether it (the sitting) will be held hybrid or physical will be referred to the Parliament’s Standing Orders,” he told reporters after visiting the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre vaccination centre yesterday.

He said the government needed to scrutinise all matters to avoid problems.

“I understand (the matter) very well and was advised not only by the law minister but also the Attorney General that my actions and those of the government must be in line with what is stipulated in the Constitution,” he said.

Besides, he said there was also a need to consider the seating arrangements according to Covid-19 prevention and control measures. Muhyiddin said it was not his intention to delay the reconvening of Parliament, but these were the issues that needed to be looked into carefully.

The Prime Minister also gave his commitment that backbenchers and Opposition members represented in the committee will have a say in the decision-making process.

“I asked the committee to evaluate the matter and only after that will they inform me whether they are ready or not to commence the parliamentary session,” he said.

As such, he hoped the people will understand the situation, adding that it was not a matter of the government denying the rights of the elected representatives or acting against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or Malay Rulers’ views.

“I understand my responsibilities as Prime Minister but I have to act fairly to ensure there will be no issues or problems arising later on... This is something I hope the people can understand and wait for,” he said. — Bernama

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