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Friday, July 30, 2021

Extend Dewan Rakyat sitting to discuss EOs, says Ku Li


Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah wants the Dewan Rakyat sitting extended beyond Monday to discuss the revocation of the emergency ordinances. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Umno stalwart Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has proposed that the current Parliament sitting be extended to debate the recently revoked emergency ordinances.

The country’s longest-serving MP, himself a member of royalty, said the King had previously called for the Dewan Rakyat to be reconvened for the emergency ordinances to be debated.

“It is only right that this be done,” he said, a day after the Dewan Rakyat saw four suspensions which effectively ended the day’s sitting at 12.30pm.

“The current sitting should be extended to allow MPs to voice the views of the people on these ordinances,” the Gua Musang elected representative, better known as Ku Li, said in a video streamed on Facebook tonight.

Only then, he said, should a decision be made on whether or not to revoke the ordinances, adding that the matter was not up to the Cabinet.

The special Parliament sitting is scheduled to end on Monday.

Last Monday, law minister Takiyuddin Hassan told the Dewan Rakyat that six emergency ordinances had been revoked as of July 21.

He said the government had decided to revoke them under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

This led to a barrage of criticisms, including from many in Umno, which has several Cabinet ministers, besides a stunning rebuke from the Palace which said that Putrajaya did not get the King’s consent.

Tengku Razaleigh went on to call the government’s move to revoke the ordinances as “unwise”.

“It should not have been done.”

He also said Umno MPs in government should have “secretly” informed the party of the government’s decision.

“That way, we would have known what was going on in the government.” - FMT

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