MPs not immune from Covid-19 SOP while in Parliament, says Speaker

PETALING JAYA: MPs are not immune from compound notices if they are found flouting the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) in Parliament, says Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.

The Dewan Rakyat Speaker said that Parliamentary immunity only extended to what is said in the House.

"Although Parliament is independent, we need to let the rakyat see clearly that we too are subject to the regulations. We are only immune with regards to what is spoken while in the House," he said in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (July 28).

Azhar added that MPs have to be good examples to the rakyat with regards to SOP compliance.

"There are some who have categorised a difference between elite and non-elite communities. It is important that we follow the SOP strictly," he said.

Azhar was responding to a question raised by Tanjong Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar on parliamentary immunity after an MP was issued a compound notice for not wearing a face mask on Tuesday (July 27).

"Parliament is an area which has immunity and enforcement officers cannot enter to issue summonses. If they can enter, where is the immunity," Noh had asked.

On Tuesday, police issued a compound notice to Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman for not wearing a face mask at the Parliament lobby.

The action was taken after a tweet at 10am that said Tajuddin had breached the standard operating procedure on Monday (July 26).

Last month, Tajuddin was slapped with a RM1,500 compound notice for not wearing a face mask during a press conference in the aftermath of the collision between two LRT trains.

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