Dewan Rakyat afternoon sitting temporarily stopped due to insufficient quorum

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More opposition parliamentarians in the House as compared to government.

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The Dewan Rakyat’s afternoon session today was temporarily stopped after Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) pointed out that the quorum of 26 members was not met.

Cha had asked Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon to determine if today’s sitting could proceed since a big portion of members of parliament from the government side were not present.

“The 26 quorum is not met, Mr Speaker. Especially the backbenchers as well as ministers and their deputies. I only see four or five MPs over there.

Following that, Rashid instructed for the bell to be rung for two minutes to call other MPs to enter the House.

“After counting, there are only 19 people here, less than the 26 (MPs) requirement. Please ring the bell to call on all MPs so that the quorum can be met,” Rashid said.

During the two-minute bell, Opposition MPs mocked the government side, questioning those present about the whereabouts of their ministers and deputy ministers.

Teo Nie Ching (PH-Kulai) took a jibe at government MPs saying that they should not have “skipped” (ponteng) today’s Parliament session.

Cha on the other hand pointed out that there were more opposition parliamentarians in the House as compared to government.

After the two minutes, Rashid ordered a recount before announcing that quorum had been met.

“I have received the report that there are now more than 26 MPs present; there are 27 MPs,” he said before inviting Kampar MP Thomas Su to take the floor.