‘Must be as soon as possible’: Istana Negara reiterates Agong’s view on reopening Parliament

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Istana Negara issued an excerpt today of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s views for the government to reconvene the Parliament as soon as possible.

Shafwan Zaidon

Istana Negara re-posted a poster of this on its official Facebook and Instagram pages without additional comment, after previously deleting a similar post that had emphasised the phrase “Parliament must happen as soon as possible” in Malay.

The apparent reminder came after the Prime Minister’s Office’s statement yesterday acknowledging the recommendations the Agong and the Malay Rulers made after their special meeting on Wednesday

In the statement, the PMO said it would act on the recommendations in accordance with the Federal Constitution but gave no commitment on when.

After the special meeting on Wednesday, Istana Negara issued a statement saying Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Malay Rulers were of the view that Parliament and the state assemblies should meet as soon as possible.

Following the Agong’s remarks, however, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan argued that Al-Sultan Abdullah only said Parliament should meet but did not specify when.

Today, two federal lawmakers said Parliament must reconvene before September as the government has proposed, and that a failure to meet by August 2 would cause a constitutional crisis if the Emergency were to be lifted as scheduled on August 1.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil pointed out that Parliament has gone beyond the six-month constitutional limit since its last sitting in December and should ideally meet before the Emergency ends to avert any potential crisis. – MMO