Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Science and Innovation to meet July 23

Dr Kelvin Yii

By Chew Lip Song

THE Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Health, Science and Innovation will hold a meeting on July 23 or earlier, one of the first Parliamentary bodies to meet following the Emergency declaration in January.

Committee chairman Dr Kelvin Yii said this followed a statement by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong that the Federal legislatures and its PSCs should meet to ensure check-and-balance in the country’s administration.

Dr Yii who is also Bandar Kuching MP said the meeting would be held on July 23 at 9.30am, or even earlier to discuss health issues affecting the country, in particular the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that the meeting would abide by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) set by Parliament, the National Security Council and the Health Ministry and he was opened to holding a hybrid meeting if it was in line with Parliamentary rules.

“On July 2, we recorded 6,982 new cases and 73 deaths with a positivity rate of 7.88 per cent despite almost one month of lockdown.

“More worrying is how are our hospitals nationwide, especially those in the Klang Valley going to cope with the huge number of Covid-19 patients,” he said in a statement.

He added that the PSC would also deliberate on the Covid-19 National Immunisation Plan (NIP) with its members and experts in the field. The committee would then table a report containing recommendations from the experts.

“I am confident that by optimising the functions and roles of this PSC, it can help the government find quick, and effective solutions that are driven by science and data,” Dr Yii said, adding that it was also in line with the “whole of society, whole of government” approach to resolve this Covid-19 problem.

The King had on July 28, after meeting with the Speakers of the Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat said that Parliament should convene before Aug 1, when the current Emergency is due to end.

Earlier, the King had also said that Parliament, including its Select Committees, should meet “as soon as possible”.