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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Selangor backbenchers, opposition leader jointly pledge to reopening of state assembly


The head of the Selangor backbenchers' club (BBC) and the opposition leader, in a rare joint statement, have pledged to ensure the reopening of the state legislative assembly.

In the statement today, BBC chairperson Elizabeth Wong and opposition leader Rizam Ismail said their commitment was in line with the latest decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Conference of Rulers.

"The legislative assembly sitting is very important for the state and the federal governments because it ensures that problems faced by the rakyat can be discussed together to face the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The concern shown by the Agong and the Malay rulers must be taken seriously by every one to ensure that the problems faced by the country can be handled effectively," said the duo.

Selangor Opposition Leader Rizam Ismail

Wong, from PKR, represents Bukit Lanjan, while Rizam, an appointed Umno Supreme Council member, represents Sungai Air Tawar.

All state legislative assemblies were suspended between Jan 11 and Aug 1 due to the proclamation of emergency, sought by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

BBC chairperson Elizabeth Wong

Although Muhyiddin's stated goal for the emergency was to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, things got progressively worse, forcing a "total lockdown" that began on June 1.

Currently, the Selangor government is hoping to convene the legislative assembly sometime in August, when the emergency expires.

However, the exact mechanics of convening a legislature is uncertain at this moment, because Article 150 (7) of the Federal Constitution allowed for emergency ordinances to continue to be in force for six months. - Mkini

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