By S. Harrish
PARLIAMENT will meet for five days starting July 26, the Prime Minister’s office said today.
In a statement, PMO said the government will advise the King to call for the Dewan Rakyat to reconvene for five days from July 26 to 29 and Aug 2, while the Dewan Negara to sit for three days starting Aug 3 to 5.
“The meeting is to explain to MPs on the National Recovery Plan and amend relevant legislation to enable hybrid Parliament sittings.
“Based on Article 150 Clause 3 of the Federal Constitution, the proclamation of Emergency and all the ordinances made by the King shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament.
“The meeting will be held according to the standard operating procedures by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry,” the PMO said, adding that cabinet notes had been circulated to take note of this matter.
On June 29, the King made another call for the Parliament to meet as soon as possible after an audience with Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.
Parliament has been suspended since the start of the emergency on Jan 11, which the government said will provide it the ability to mobilise all necessary resources to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.