Anwar: Five-day Parliament sitting a ‘fraud’

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Convening the Parliament for only five days is a form of fraud if the sitting is to expedite the approval of ordinances passed during the Emergency, said Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The PKR president also said there is no indication that MPs will be allowed to debate during the five-day sitting from July 26 to 29 and on August 2.

“A Parliament sitting is often to ensure that the government runs the country according to good governance, to ensure that there is no abuse of power and that there is check and balance.

“However, what they are trying to do, I think is a form of fraud, to shorten the sitting and expedite the approval of several ordinances including the Emergency Ordinance,” he said in a video posted on Facebook.

The Prime Minister’s Office yesterday announced that the Dewan Rakyat will sit for a special meeting from July 26 to July 29 and on August 2.

This will be followed by the Dewan Negara sitting from August 3 to August 5.

This will be the first Parliament sitting after it was adjourned from the December meeting last year. The state of emergency to fight the Covid-19 pandemic came into effect on January 11, and Parliamentary and state legislative assembly sittings, as well as by-elections, were suspended during the emergency by way of an ordinance.

Anwar, who is Port Dickson MP, also said people will not take lightly matters that concern how the government handled the pandemic.

“I would like to warn the prime minister and the government that in the shaky position that you are in, do not use the Dewan Rakyat speaker, and to the speaker, he should also be warned that we will not take lightly the issue of Covid-19, people’s welfare and matters on abuse of power. These are not trivial matters.”

He also asked the government to observe democratic principles and not bend the rules as they wish.

“Parliament is used to preserve the country’s constitution, voice the aspirations of the people and to ensure that there is a legitimate government of the day that governs according to the law and does not involve itself in abuse of power.” – TMI