Reconvening of Parliament in line with King and people’s expectation, says Julau MP

Larry Sng (file photo).

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, July 5:  Independent MP from Sarawak believes that the announcement of Parliament reconvening is in line with the expectation of the monarch and the people.

This is the view of Julau MP Larry Sng who believed that due to the short session of five days, as an independent MP, most likely he would not be given the chances to speak as there will be many who will fight to speak.

“Since the decision to reconvene has been announced, I do believe this is in line with the expectations of the monarch and the people.

“However it is a rather short session to debate on several key bills leaving little chance for many to debate in-depth issues of growing concerns,” Sng told DayakDaily.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a statement today said the government has agreed to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for a special meeting of the Third Term of the 14th Parliament to be held for five days starting from July 26 until 29 and August 2 while the Senate to sit from August 3 to 5.

“The sitting will be for the purpose of explaining to Members of Parliament (MPs) about the National Recovery Plan and amendments to the law to allow a hybrid Parliament sitting to be held,” it said.

PMO said the meeting would adhere to the requirement under Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution for the Emergency Proclamation to be ‘laid before both Houses of Parliament’ and that the sitting will be held in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council (MKN) and Health Ministry (KKM).

Last Thursday (July 1), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had called for Parliament to reconvene before August 1.

There has also been a black flag movement, where individuals raised black flags on social media, to pressure the federal government to call for Parliamentary meet to look into National Recovery Plan, an economic exit plan for the nation to overcome the devastating effect caused by Covid-19.

Parliament was suspended following the declaration of Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 by His Majesty on Jan 12 in light of the growing threat posed by Covid-19 to the country. — DayakDaily