Guan Eng: Excluding opposition from Parliament committee an abuse of power

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The exclusion of opposition lawmakers from the special committee studying the implementation of hybrid Parliament meetings is an abuse of power, said Lim Guan Eng.

The DAP secretary-general said the move is a dangerous precedent that violates parliamentary convention.

“It is also an abuse of power that erodes the fundamental basis of Parliament as a fountain of democracy,” he said in a statement today, which is also posted on Twitter.

The committee is looking at reconvening Parliament in a “hybrid” format – a combination of online and physical attendance.

Lim said he had written to Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizah Harun on June 9 and has yet to receive a reply.

“I had written to Azhar on June 9 that opposition MPs play their key role in ensuring a functioning Parliament as a check-and-balance government through legislative scrutiny and government oversight.

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“PH (Pakatan Harapan) is still awaiting a response,” he said.

The Bagan MP said Teluk Intan MP and former deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming will be nominated as PH’s representative in the special committee.

Last week, Dewan Negara president Rais Yatim said the special committee will look into the concept and method for implementing hybrid parliament meetings.

The committee will include himself, the Dewan Rakyat speaker, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dewan Negara deputy president, both Dewan Rakyat deputy speakers and Parliament’s chief administrator.

Rais said several key aspects are being analysed by the committee, particularly in terms of interpretation and implementation, for adaptation to avoid violating standard operating procedure to curb the spread of Covid-19. – TMI