PETALING JAYA: The Parliamentary democracy in the country has been infected by Covid-19, with the voice of parliamentarians being quarantined, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.
The Umno secretary-general said this following the postponement of both the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara, with the government citing concerns over Covid-19 cases in Parliament.
“The voice of Parliamentarians is only heard for five minutes after seven months. The voices of parliamentarians are “quarantined”. Of course we are not satisfied, we are becoming more critical (tenat). The people understand that this is a political excuse,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday (Aug 3).
Ahmad Maslan said that this was not healthy for the country’s image in the eyes of the world.
The fifth day of the Dewan Rakyat’s five-day special sitting, which began on July 26, was postponed indefinitely due to a supposed risk of Covid-19 transmission.
Similarly, the special meeting of the Dewan Negara, scheduled from Tuesday (Aug 3) to Thursday (Aug 5), was also postponed until further notice.
In a notice to MPs issued on Saturday (July 31), Dewan Rakyat secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin said Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun was informed by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of the postponement of the special sitting, in accordance with the advice of Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Sunday (Aug 1) that the decision to postpone the sitting had nothing to do with politics, and was made based on science and health data.