• Nur Syafiqah Abdullah

Covid-19 cases in Parliament only at 0.9 pct, Opposition unamused by postponement


2 Aug 2021

By Nur Syafiqah Abdullah


KUALA LUMPUR: Leaders from the Opposition bloc have expressed disappointment over the Perikatan Nasional Government's decision to postpone the special Parliamentary sitting even though the rate of Covid-19 cases in Parliament is only at 0.9 per cent.


In a joint statement, the political leaders stated that the suspension which was scheduled to end on Monday, continued to turn its back on the Istana Negara's press statement.


"The action is completely disrespectful to the Federal Constitution, the process of parliamentary democracy, and dishonouring the Istana Negara's media statement.


"Hence, the Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Yassin and his entire Cabinet should step down honourably now," they said in the statement issued yesterday.


The joint statement was signed by PKR President, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; Amanah President, Mohamad Sabu; Upko President, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau; DAP secretary Lim Guan Eng; MUDA President, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, and PSB President, Baru Bian.


On Sunday, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham proposed that the special Parliamentary sitting be suspended following Covid-19 transmissions at the Dewan Rakyat,


Earlier, Istana Negara also issued a media statement asserting that de facto law minister Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan's statement in Parliament on June 26 was inaccurate and misleading.