Speaker denies saying reopening Parliament in Sept ‘rational’

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Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun claimed his remarks about when Parliament should reopen, as reported by Utusan Malaysia, had been misquoted and misconstrued.

In a statement, Azhar denied saying Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s plan to reconvene Parliament in September was rational.

“I would like to put on record what I actually said about the matter.

“I had merely expressed that the prime minister had made a commitment to reconvene Parliament in September or October 2021 and that he had spelt out his rationale for doing so in his said speech.

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“As stated above, I never asserted nor did I form any conclusion that the prime minister’s decision is ‘rational’, or that it was ‘acceptable and not too late’,” he said.

Azhar also denied commenting on the statement made by the Istana Negara yesterday.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday opined that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible.

A day before, Muhyiddin had assured that the House would meet when the country enters the third phase of the government’s Covid-19 exit plan.

According to the plan, Malaysia will enter Phase 3 when it has less than 2,000 daily Covid-19 cases, intensive care unit capacity at moderate levels, and with 40 percent of the population totally vaccinated.

The government estimates that these targets will be met in September.

As per the Federal Constitution, it is the prime minister who must advise the king when Parliament should convene.

The Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Orders also state that the prime minister will decide at least 28 days in advance when the Lower House should meet.

Azhar in his statement today, said that Parliament is ready to reconvene “in every aspect, consistent with and in according with the Federal Constitution and Standing Orders”.

De facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan had argued that the reopening of Parliament in September is considered “soon”. – Malaysiakini

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