Most UMNO MPs do not agree with Parliament sitting during emergency

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court cluster UMNO MPs Proclamation of emergency Dewan Rakyat sitting Ahmad Maslan Members of Parliament Supply Bill 2021 Budget 2021 General Election GE15 Speaker The Dewan Rakyat sitting at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 JULY 2019
The Dewan Rakyat sitting at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 JULY 2019

KUALA LUMPUR – Only a small number of UMNO Members of Parliament (MP) from the ‘court cluster’ were reported to support a Parliament sitting to discuss about the proclamation of emergency.

According to a report by Sinchew Daily, only seven out of 38 UMNO MPs supported for the Parliament sitting to be held.

They include, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (Pekan), Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datuk) and Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (Pontian).

Besides the trio, Padang Rengas MP who is down with Covid-19 Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz and the Machang MP, Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub have withdrawn their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The MP of Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had never declared his support to the Perikatan Nasional coalition.

Meanwhile, the MP of Rompin Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin told Sinchew Daily that he personally did not support for the Parliament sitting to be held during the emergency period.

He said, most UMNO MPs did not agree with that.

“As a Malay party, UMNO has always respect Malay Rulers and we cannot disobey the decree of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Besides that, if we support the Parliament sitting, it means that we have also breached the statement of the UMNO President, to support the emergency,” he said.

According to Hasan, the Constitution does not allow the Parliament sitting to be held during the emergency.

He said, a Parliament sitting during an emergency would also bring a ‘competition’ between the Parliament and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

When asked about other countries which can hold Parliament sittings despite the proclamation of emergency, Hasan said that the Malaysia Constitution is different from other countries.

Meanwhile, the Kinabatangan MP, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said that UMNO needs to have a meeting to discuss about these issues.

“We have not had a meeting yet but we will do it soon,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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