Minister of Justice: Parliament could sit before the end of the emergency in August but subject to the Covid-19 situation | Malaysia

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

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 – Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliamentary Affairs), Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, today decided to reassure Malaysians that the government will continue to uphold its constitutional responsibilities and convene parliament again after the end of the current state of emergency in August. , or even before.

However, it depends on the Covid-19 situation in the country, after expert advice, as the government is also concerned about the welfare of parliamentarians and their staff, Takiyuddin said.

“The government is well aware of its constitutional responsibilities to ensure that the continuity of the democratic process in the country is upheld by parliament.

“However, the priority at the moment is to contain the spread of the virus, including by protecting the health of all parliamentarians, agents and parties who deal with Parliament.

“The government assures that a session of Parliament will be convened at the appropriate time, whether before or after the end of the state of emergency on August 1, 2021.

“However, the matter will depend on the advice and expert opinions, as weighed by the government, of all parties concerned, in particular the Ministry of Health and the National Security Council,” Takiyuddin said in a statement today. today.

Takiyuddin then reiterated that all parliamentarians, including members of the opposition, can send their questions, opinions or complaints to the government through the appropriate channels, including the Special Independent Emergency Committee 2021 (SIEC).

“At the same time, it is not appropriate to raise suspicions or doubts about the abuse of power, because the government system is still operating as usual, including the control of the administration by the authorities in charge law enforcement, especially the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, National Audit Department and Public Accounts Committee,” he said.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah previously consented to the declaration of a state of emergency in the country until August 1, or until the current wave of Covid-19 infections have subsided.

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