Decision on 80-MP limit in Dewan Rakyat next week

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The Dewan Rakyat Select Committee will propose for attendance for the lower house of Parliament sitting from July 26 to be limited to 80 lawmakers.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon said the matter will be discussed among the lower house of Parliament’s party whips.

He said the matter is likely to be decided next week before the Dewan Rakyat sits from July 26 onwards.

“This proposal is the same as the resolution adopted at last year’s sitting. Like last year, out of 222 MPs, only 80 could enter.

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“Each minister and deputy minister will also be restricted to bring only one or two staff members with them as well as strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including a Covid-19 screening test being imposed.

“We are ready to sit for five days for the lower house and three days for the upper house. So, all questions related to Covid-19 will be tabled using the rules of explanation by the relevant Minister.

“No debates are allowed during the meeting but we will give space for the MPs to ask questions and there is one motion – which is to make Parliament hybrid or not – but that is not at the agenda right now as we can do it normally.

“That we can’t debate, we will provide space for questions to be asked,” he said.

Rashid said this in a press conference after visiting the Mobile Vaccine Program at the Sri Stulang Multipurpose Hall today.

The Special Session of the Dewan Rakyat will sit for five days starting at 10 am on 26 to 29 July and 2 August.

“Each session will last for about four hours from 10am to 1pm, and 2.30pm to 5.30pm,” he said.

The Dewan Negara session, meanwhile, will take place for three days from 3 to 5 August.

The Parliament proceeding aims to brief all Members of Parliament on the National Recovery Plan and amend all laws and regulations to enable Parliamentary sittings to be held in a hybrid manner.

According to Rashid, the breakdown of the 80 MPs will see 44 lawmakers from the government and 36 from the opposition bench.

“If you followed last year, every session of 80 members of parliament. We have morning and evening sessions, they can exchange but have to abide by the SOP set,” he said.