Malaysia Dateline

Mahiaddin slammed for latest delay tactic in reconvening Parliament

Prime Minister Mahiaddin Md Yasin’s announcement of forming a committee to discuss reconvening parliament has come under fire by certain sectors who see it as another unnecessary delay tactic.

Citing the government’s need to scrutinise all matters relating to Parliament, Mahiaddin confirmed that the committee will also discuss the feasibility of holding a physical sitting.

The announcement comes on the heels of Mahiaddin’s meeting with the royal rulers, who has ordered Parliament to reconvene as soon as possible, which led to a police investigation against de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan who was accused of playing semantics with the Agong’s advice.

Many believe that Takiyuddin’s insolent remarks confirm that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has lost its majority and fears that a vote of confidence will be raised should Parliament reconvene.

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken his opportunity to poke fun at PN saying ”it’s as if this is the first time Parliament will sit”.

He added, “There’s no need to study anything. I’ll give a solution. Step 1. Send a notice to the (Dewan Rakyat) speaker to call for Parliament to reconvene. Step 2. Parliament reconvenes. Done.”

DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng also chided the PN leader in a statement yesterday saying “Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement that the government will form a committee to study whether Parliament should be reconvened is ridiculous, irresponsible and a dishonest ploy to delay such a meeting until September or October, instead of as soon as possible as commanded by the King and state Rulers.”

Guan Eng provided a stark warning to PN should the delays continue, saying that “MPs may have no choice but be compelled to appeal to the King to exercise his powers under Section 14(1)(b) of the Emergency Ordinance 2021 to reconvene Parliament which states, “Parliament must be called, prorogued or dissolved at a date deemed appropriate by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong”.

There seems to be an understanding between MPs that they will no longer tolerate Muhyiddin’s the suspension of Parliament, with The United Malays National Organisation (Umno) giving Muhyiddin a two-week deadline to reconvene Parliament.

“Umno stands firm in urging the government to respect the decree of the king and the rulers and reconvene parliament in the next 14 days from the date of this statement,” said Umno leader Ahmad Zahid.

He added that failure to do so would be considered “treason” to the royal institution.

Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya said the PN administration has no choice but to listen to what the rulers are saying.

“PN cannot ignore it like it did the last time. It must bow to His Majesty’s decree, which is supported by other rulers,” he said.

Analysts have also indicated that the decision of the royal leaders to call for Parliament to reconvene could be a signal that they no longer believe PN can manage the pandemic successfully.