Parliament to reconvene before August 1, says Takiyuddin

A view of the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur March 19, 2021. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A view of the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur March 19, 2021. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has agreed to reconvene Parliament before August 1. 

In a statement today, de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the Perikatan Nasional government has decided on this following the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s recent decree on the matter. 

“The federal government always upholds the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s views in all matters and this includes the reconvening of Parliament,” he said. 

Dewan Negara President Tan Sri Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun confirmed on June 30 that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed for parliamentary sittings to be held before August 1.

The duo were granted an audience by the King a day before, together with the deputy speakers of both the Upper and Lower Houses, on Parliament reconvening.

With the Emergency Ordinance in effect since January, the Parliament has been suspended without further notice.

The Emergency Ordinance however is due to end on August 1.

The Agong has issued several statements for Parliament to reconvene “as soon as possible”, without specifying a date or timeline.

The statements follow a series of royal audiences with political leaders from June 9 to June 15, and a special Conference of Rulers meeting on June 16.

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