In a rare turn of events, a Barisan Nasional leader today voiced a similar opinion as members of parliament from the opposite aisle.
Umno’s Tan Sri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjung Karang) today questioned if the Emergency Ordinances had been revoked by Cabinet on July 21 as claimed by Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan yesterday.
This, he said, was of concern since the power to revoke the ordinances lies with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and not the federal government, since it is the King who has the power to proclaim a state of emergency in the first place.
Noh is also one of the 19 members of the Special Independent Emergency Committee 2021 (SIEC) who were tasked to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the ongoing emergency and when it should end.
“If the ordinances have already been revoked, then there’s no point for us to talk about these four things anymore,” he said referring to the four agendas, or Statements by Ministers, on today’s Parliamentary Order Paper.
“I am in the independent emergency committee, appointed by the Agong. If this is how things are now (that the ordinances have been revoked), then there was no point for me to be appointed into this committee at all.
“Regarding the decision to either extend the emergency or to revoke it or to revoke the ordinances, let the Agong make this decision,” he told the House today.
His view was echoed by Datuk Azis Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar) who called on the House to explain why the “Executives decided to revoke the ordinances” rather than wait for the monarch to consider and give his consent.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) urged Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to get Takiyuddin (PN-Kota Baru) to respond to the House today.
He said it was extremely important for the Dewan Rakyat to be informed of this matter since the House is scheduled to speak on matters related to the Emergency Ordinances.
“Topics on the National Recovery Plan, health issues, and vaccines are all under the Emergency Ordinances scope which is why it is important for everyone to know if the Agong has actually given his consent.
“You can’t even let him answer this one simple question, Mr Speaker? You should not let the noble seat you are sitting on be tainted by protecting a minister who has misled the House.
“This is no longer a crisis between the government and the opposition. This is a crisis between the government and a different institution,” he said.
However, Azhar insisted that since he had made the ruling for Takiyuddin to provide his response on Monday, the House would stick to that schedule.
“Mr Speaker, Takiyuddin said he can answer our questions, but he couldn’t today because you didn’t allow him to do so.
“So, I would like to ask you to say that he can give his answers today.”
Azhar, however, said he would maintain his ruling to let Takiyuddin address the floor on Monday. – NST