Motion to debate EO to be tabled in September, says PM

PETALING JAYA: A motion to debate and annul the Emergency Ordinances will be tabled in the upcoming Parliament meeting in September, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said this was in line with the Royal Decree and Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution, where the debates and annulments of the Emergency Ordinances will be brought in Parliament during a 15-day meeting.

"In line with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's decree and provisions under Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution, a motion to debate and annul the Emergency Ordinances will be brought in the Parliament meeting scheduled this September.

"It is hoped that this motion which will be discussed in the Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday (Aug 4) will be able to solve ongoing polemics concerning the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances," he said in a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday (Aug 3).

Muhyiddin said the issue that the Emergency Ordinances not being consented to by the King does not arise anymore as the Emergency Proclamation expires on Aug 1.

"It is informed that the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong could not be completed.

"With the end of the Emergency Proclamation on Aug 1, based on provisions under the Constitution, the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances by the King no longer arises," he said.

In a recent statement by Istana Negara on July 29, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed disappointment with the government's decision to revoke six Emergency Ordinances without his consent.

In the statement, the King also expressed dismay that the revocation of the ordinances was not present in Parliament by the government.

In response, the PMO, in a statement on July 29, said Muhyiddin had advised the King to annul the Emergency Ordinances even before the special Parliament sitting convened on July 26 and in accordance to Article 40(1) of the Constitution, the King acts on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The first meeting of the fourth session of the 14th Parliament will sit for 15 days beginning Sept 6 until 30.

There was a recent uproar involving Opposition MPs after a special five-day sitting on July 26 was temporarily postponed for two weeks starting July 29 due to a Covid-19 scare.

A total of 11 individuals connected to the ongoing Parliament sitting has tested positive after a mass screening on July 29.

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