KUALA LUMPUR – After Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said also rejected the request from the UMNO Secretary-General for the Members of Parliament (MP) of the party to support an immediate special Parliament sitting to discuss about the Emergency Ordinance.
In her reply letter to the Secretary-General of UMNO, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan today, Azalina, who is also the Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat referred to Article 14(1) of the Emergency Ordinance gazetted recently and said, under the providence, the Parliament can only be called to sit if it is deemed fit by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Therefore, in her opinion, the possibility for His Majesty to call for a Parliament sitting in the near future or to cancel the Proclamation and Emergency Ordinance is very slim.
“As the Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, I am among those people who will seriously prioritise and uphold the principles of parliamentary democracy.
“However, there are several legal issues we need to consider deeper before I can give my consent to the issue.
“Moreover, the issue touches the power and discretion of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong under the Federal Constitution,” he said.
Elaborating further, Azalina said that although the Proclamation of Emergency cannot be challenged, however, alternative suggestions can be presented, including the special bipartisan Parliament Council to advise His Majesty.
The advice, she said, it related to the result of monitoring, evaluation and discussion on human rights and the freedom of the people under the Federal Constitution.
The council can include members from the Dewan Rakyat and the Senate from both the government and opposition parties. They can also be given the power to get the opinion, input and suggestions from the people. –MalaysiaGazette