IS THIS STILL A PARLIAMENT?

AT a time when opposition and non-governmental organisations are calling for a parliament sitting for urgent matters pertaining to the country’s handling of the Covid 19 crisis, the Perikatan Nasional government seems to have avoided just that.

This notice, issued to members of parliament yesterday, informs them of the session to be held for just one day on May 18, where the related legislation will be tabled by the government and no debate or questions and answers session will be held.

The letter, issued by Dewan Rakyat secretary Riduan Rahmat, states that this was due to the Movement Control Order.

This, however, meets with the regulations for a session to be held before the June 4 deadline.

Such a plan also avoids any form of confidence vote to be tabled by the opposition, following questions over the legitimacy of Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration after they assumed power through a controversial political coup last month.

Opposition MPs are up in arms over the maneuver, particularly since the calls for Muhyiddin to convene a parliament sitting was to debate the RM25 billion stimulus package for Covid 19 and the RM10 billion in cash handouts for the people.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has stated that he had given Muhyiddin an assurance that the purported no confidence vote would not be tabled, but also warned the government that they can’t be hiding behind Covid 19 forever.

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