KUALA LUMPUR — May 4, 2020: The opposition leaders has asked the government to allow Parliament to sit for two weeks instead of the one-day decided earlier in line with a relaxation of conditions under the movement control order (MCO).
Their argument is that the conditional MCO means the threat from Covid-19 is now under control, as evident from a restart of many sectors of the economy.
It is also their contention that a longer session will allow for in-depth debates.
Considering that Parliament has decided on the standard operating procedures for the May 18 sitting, the opposition said in a joint statement that there is no excuse or barrier for Parliament not to meet for more than one day.
The statement was signed by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
The session to begin on May 18 was originally scheduled to last 15 days after the one meant for March 9 was postponed due to a political crisis which led to the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.
But on April 17 Dewan Rakyat secretary Riduan Rahmat told all MPs that only government Bills and matters will be discussed on May 18.