Pahang Umno chief: Table and debate Emergency-related matters in Parliament to avoid future complications


PETALING JAYA: Pahang Umno chief Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail says the Emergency Proclamation and ordinances must be tabled and debated in Parliament before they can be revoked.

Wan Rosdy said this is in line with the order of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong issued during a virtual meeting with representatives of the Federal Government and the Attorney General on July 24.

“Both were amended and enacted by the Federal Government, thus (it also has) the responsibility of ensuring everything is carried out, including, in this case, presenting it to Parliament for debate and approval,” he said on his Facebook page on Sunday (Aug 1).

Wan Rosdy said if it was not presented in Parliament for debate, the revocation and other elements of the Emergency Proclamation and ordinances will remain in force for the next six months.

He also claimed that statements published by several parties on the proclamation issue were not made in the “real context” but had an “element of manipulation”.

Wan Rosdy said one of these was made by MIC president Tan Sri S. Vigneswaran.

He claimed that Vigneswaran’s statement mentioned that under Article 40 (1) of the Federal Constitution, the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong are to act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet.

However, Wan Rosdy said the “advice” under Article 40(1) of the Federal Constitution is not absolute.

“Article 40(2) states that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may act at his discretion in performing several functions,” he said.

On Vigneswaran’s query about why dirty linen was being washed in public, Wan Rosdy said: “This is not the main question. What is important is that the rakyat is given awareness, as it has the right to know what is really going on with current issues.”

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