Allow MPs to debate, PH urges Putrajaya

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The Pakatan Harapan presidential council has urged the Perikatan Nasional government to allow debate for the upcoming special parliamentary meeting on July 26 to August 2.

In a statement, the council highlighted the order from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on June 16 who said Parliament must convene immediately so that measures to fight the pandemic can be debated.

“The king made the decree three times on February 24, June 16 and again on June 29. The king’s views are in line with the aspirations of the people’s aspiration who want an end to the pandemic crisis.

“However, the Dewan Rakyat speaker had issued a media statement stating that the sitting from July 26 to August 2 will be just a briefing from the ministers involved,” it said in the statement.

“We are demanding the PN government not to go against the wishes of the king and open the space for debate so that all lawmakers can fulfill their noble responsibility to defend the rights of the people,” it added.

The council said the opposition leader had sent a motion to the speaker that PH will not be tabling a no-confidence motion against the prime minister.

“We only want to focus on how to manage the pandemic and get the people out of the crisis,” they said.

The statement was signed by Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu from PKR, DAP and Amanah respectively. – TMI