Give firm commitment that Parliament sitting will be adjourned to Aug 2, says Anwar

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. -Reuters filepic

PETALING JAYA: The Dewan Rakyat Speaker should give assurance that the Parliament sitting will go on as planned on Monday (Aug 2), says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Opposition leader, along with other Opposition lawmakers, said the - Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and the Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon - were not clear as to when the Parliament sitting was adjourned to.

“There is supposed to be a sitting scheduled on Monday, but we are a little suspicious as the Deputy Speaker said the Parliament had adjourned without mentioning the word ‘Monday’.

“We have voiced our protests to the Speaker, and he said ‘yes we can, but we must wait for the decision by the Health director-general’.

“This is all a shadow play and a charade, and this must stop,” he said in a press conference on Thursday (July 29).

He pressed for a firm commitment from the Speaker that the special Parliament sitting will indeed continue on Monday.

Earlier, Mohd Rashid said that Parliament had adjourned, to much outrage and jeers by Opposition MPs.

Anwar said that the Opposition MPs met with the Speaker after the announcement and they protested the decision to delay the sitting.

“He should give us room to raise our motion, but he adjourned the sitting.

“We have told him that he has read the Istana Negara statement - he has firstly disobeyed the King, secondly, violated the Federal Constitution and insulted Parliament.

“He is no longer worthy to continue in his responsibility as Speaker under such conditions,” he claimed.

Anwar said the Speaker also acknowledged the receipt of the motion he submitted to call for Muhyiddin’s resignation as prime minister.

He further said the government should not be afraid to test its majority in Parliament, in reply to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement that the government still enjoys a majority.

Earlier, Ismail Sabri maintained that the government still enjoys the support of more than 110 MPs who are still with the government of the day.

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