De facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan said parliament would reconvene in September as promised by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
The PAS secretary-general said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday decreed the House should meet but did not say when it should meet.
“The king did not specify which month the sitting should be held. He only said as soon as possible,” Takiyuddin said in an interview with Harakah Daily after Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ordered parliament to reconvene soonest possible.
“The prime minister has already said it will only reconvene in September or October.
“Now we are near the end of June. There are July and August, and then September soon and we will have parliament then,” he said.
The king, after a meeting with the Malay rulers, had issued a statement calling for parliament to sit and debate issues involving Covid-19.
The Malay rulers called for the same in a separate statement. They also said the emergency should not be extended beyond August 1.
“His Majesty spoke of the MPs’ roles and the importance of Parliament in debating issues related to Covid-19. His Majesty did not mention other issues,” Takiyuddin said.
In his address to the nation on Tuesday, Muhyiddin said parliament could reconvene in phase 3 of the national recovery plan, which is around September or October.
“I give my commitment that parliament will reopen in this phase (with compliance with) strict standard operating procedure,” the prime minister said.
The Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Orders states that the prime minister will decide at least 28 days in advance when the Lower House should meet.
Takiyuddin also defended the proposal of a hybrid sitting, arguing that a full Dewan Rakyat session could result in approximately 1,000 people appearing at the Parliament complex, including the aides of ministers and MPs, as well as government officers and parliamentary staff.
With the implementation of a hybrid sitting, he said, the House could meet with a minimum quorum of 26 MPs physically present.