Opposition MPs denied entry into Parliament, gather instead at Dataran Merdeka

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition lawmakers are gathering at Dataran Merdeka on Monday (Aug 2), after they were blocked from entering Parliament by the police.

Opposition MPs from Pakatan Harapan, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), Upko and Parti Sarawak Bersatu, as well as their supporters, were seen gathering as early at 9am at Dataran Merdeka and planning to march to Parliament.

The MPs, led by Opposition leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, were seen carrying a long white banner calling for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's resignation as they headed towards Parliament along Jalan Padang Merbok and were accompanied by the police.

Prior to marching to Parliament, MPs were also seen giving speeches at Dataran Merdeka, starting with Upko president and Tuaran MP Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, who said the Parliament sitting should not be postponed.

"Moreover, we were coming to Parliament to do our work but we were stopped."

Muda's Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman subsequently took the microphone and said many MPs were hoping to carry the views of the people to Parliament, but it was not possible as the current special sitting was postponed due to Covid-19.

"This is the time where Malaysians should come together and let's fight for a future together," he said.

Semporna MP Shafie Apdal described Monday as a black day in Malaysian history, where the Constitution and royal decree were not upheld in the Parliament.

The Warisan president said as MPs, all of them legally have the right to enter Parliament grounds.

He also stressed that the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances and all Bills must be passed in Parliament as the process of Parliamentary democracy.

"This is also our right as lawmakers. Separation of powers must be there.

Anwar then took the microphone and spoke shortly, declaring that the Perikatan government had fallen.

The Port Dickson MP also said the fact that the government had disobeyed the monarchy was unbecoming, as it has never happened before in history.

"This is why we are congregating and marching towards Parliament."

Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad then appeared shortly after behind Anwar, also calling for Muhyiddin's resignation as prime minister.

"I'm together with the Opposition supporting the stance that the sitting must be held on Monday to discuss the Emergency Ordinances."

Dr Mahathir added that the country must be governed by the rule of law.

After Dr Mahathir spoke, Anwar led the Opposition MPs as they marched towards Parliament along Jalan Padang Merbok.

They were also heard chanting "inilah barisan kita" and "reformasi" as they marched.

There was also a heavy police presence surrounding Parliament.

On Sunday (Aug 1), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Parliament sitting and its meetings will be postponed for two weeks starting July 29 in order to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 in Parliament.

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