Hybrid parliament session by early Sept


By S. Harrish

A HYBRID Parliament sitting is expected to be held either at the end of August or in the first week of September.

In a joint statement, Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat speakers Tan Sri Rais Yatim and Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun proposed the special Parliament sitting before a full sitting is convened.

They said the Parliament Special Committee had considered all aspects of the matter and was ready to start the hybrid session soon.

“But we need a little more time to ensure the hybrid session is successful in terms of legal, administrative, technical, procurement, supply and training aspects.”

The statement said the special committee expected these to be resolved by July end.

Their statement comes following the King’s statement on June 16 that Parliament must reconvene as soon as possible as a stable, strong and effective government was needed in order for the country to recover from the pandemic and improve the nation’s economy.

The statement read that the hybrid session will involve 26 MPs who will be physically present to fulfil the quorum requirement for Dewan Rakyat and 10 senators for Dewan Negara while the others have the option to whether attend the sitting or not, subject to the conditions set by the National Security Council.

“If this proposal is accepted by both Houses, a little more time is needed for the Malaysian Parliament to acquire supplies, integrate the existing system with the hybrid, holding a trial run, commissioning and training for staff and MPs,” they said.