King makes another call for Parliament to meet as soon as possible

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A statement from Istana Negara said among others, the session was to enable the issued Emergency Proclamation and Emergency Ordinances to be tabled in the Parliament as stipulated under Article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution.

Bernama

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has made another call for Parliament to meet as soon as possible.

In a statement today, Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King was of the opinion that this could be done by following the Covid-19 guidelines and standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government.

“This is to enable the issued Emergency Proclamation and Emergency Ordinances to be tabled in the Parliament as stipulated under Article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution.

“Aside from that, His Majesty expresses the opinion that all of the 14th Parliament’s Select Committees must continue their meeting sessions for the implementation of check and balance to ensure transparency, integrity and accountability in the governance especially in addressing issues on public and societal policies as well as on financial affairs and national spending,” he said.

Earlier today, the Speakers of both Dewan Rakyat Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and Dewan Negara Tan Sri Rais Yatim had met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to discuss matters relating to the Parliament during a one-hour meeting.

Also present were Dewan Negara deputy speaker Senator Datuk Seri Mohamad Ali Mohamad as well as both of the Dewan Rakyat deputy speakers Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and Datuk Rashid Hasnon.

The statement further noted that the Agong’s views and calls reflected the stand of the Conference of Rulers who function as constitutional monarchs based on the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and the sovereignty of its laws.

After exiting Istana Negara following the meeting today, Rashid had briefly told the media that he, the Speakers of the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, as well as their deputies, had all given their opinions to the Agong on the feasibility of reconvening Parliament during their audience.

“God willing, I’ll see you soon for the parliament sitting, either through a normal parliamentary sitting or through a hybrid parliament,” he said to the press.

This is not the first time the Agong had urged for Parliament to be held as soon as possible.

Previously on June 16, the Istana Negara had issued a statement quoting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as expressing the view that Parliament meetings should be held “secepat mungkin” or as quickly as possible.

On June 18, the Istana Negara on social media published excerpts from the June 16 statement, highlighting the Agong’s views for the Parliament to be reconvened as soon as possible.

On June 25, the Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun had in a joint statement proposed for a special Parliament meeting to be held in early August to pave the way for a hybrid Parliament and said that a hybrid Parliament is expected to be possible around late August or in the first week of September at the very latest after the necessary preparations are carried out.

Parliament has been suspended during the Emergency, which started on January 11 and is due to expire on August 1, unless extended.

Various parties had previously criticised and called for Parliament to reconvene.

The move they said, was to ensure the integrity of democracy, which is the core of the sovereignty of the administrative system in the country.