Takiyuddin: Questions on Emergency Ordinances to be answered next Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: Questions on the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances - including whether it has the King's consent - will be answered next Monday, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

Takiyuddin said based on a ruling by Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun on Monday (July 26), he is bound to answer such questions next Monday.

Opposition leaders then engaged in a short shouting match with Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said briefly in the morning.

The shouting match began right before Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba was scheduled to brief the House about the government's action plan on Covid-19, when Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong) interjected and raised a point of order.

Citing Standing Orders (14)(1)(g), Gobind said the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances must be elaborated by Takiyuddin as the de facto law minister, as he argued that the power to revoke the Emergency Ordinances lies with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"This is an important issue and it involves an issue of public interest. We want to know what happened on July 21," said Gobind.

"Did the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consent to the revocation of the Emergency Proclamation and did it follow procedure," he added.

Gobind said that the MPs did not receive lists of revoked ordinances on their desk on Monday and added that there there must be an explanation by the relevant minister.

Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (PH-Sepang) then stood up in support of Gobind, pointing out that the courts and prosecutors are in a quandary at present given that the revocation of the Emergency Ordiances would have implications on court cases after July 21.

"This is uncertainty. It is not good for the country and investors. Ordinances must not only be debated, but also laid down in the House. There must be a resolution on the Proclamation.," said Mohamad Hanipa.

"The Parliament cannot run from its Constitutional duty which is to debate and vote a resolution on the Proclamation," he added.

M. Kulasegaran (PH-Ipoh Barat) then stood up and questioned whether the revocation of the Emergency Proclamation was an afterthought by the government and did not receive the King's consent.

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