The flash floods that hit central Malaysia in mid-December 2021 remains fresh in our memory and Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam was one of the most badly affected areas.
Following these devastating events, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has finally announced that a special parliamentary session to discuss the floods.
“Delving into the difficulties that the people are facing due to the floods, a special parliamentary meeting will be held on 20 January 2022.” he wrote in the Facebook post caption.
He added that the topics that will be discussed in the Dewan Rakyat would be of national importance, such as the floods and post-floods, help coordination, and long-term planning to manage the floods.
Meanwhile, several Members of Parliament (MP) were not impressed by the fact that a parliamentary session is being called as it might be too late.
“If the meeting was to convene on the 20th, it would be almost a month from the flood incident,” Muar MP Syed Saddiq said.
Former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Yeo Bee Yin also pointed out that it seems that the Ismail-led government’s definition of an emergency meant a month after the crisis happens.
On 20 December 2021, several MPs had called for a discussion on the ongoing floods but were silenced by the speaker Azhar Azizan Harun who said,
“Today is not the day for this debate. We cannot jump from one issue to another issue without the issue being listed in the meeting affairs. We have to follow the rules of the Parliament.”
The statement invited tons of criticisms in the parliament and one of the MPs was heard saying “There are people dying, you know?”
As of 5 January, 54 have died due to the floods and 2 still remain missing, according to Berita Harian.
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