After much hustle from the various parties, Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has finally agreed to reconvene parliament before 1 August. This had been confirmed by the de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan in a statement today (2 June).
In the statement, Takiyuddin said the Federal Government has always upheld the views of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in all matters related to the governance of the country, including Parliamentary sittings.
He mentioned that this matter will be finalised in a Cabinet Meeting on 7 July.
This comes after the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun and Dewan Negara president Rais Yatim stressed that the King wanted the Parliament to reconvene before 1 August.
According to FMT, the Istana Negara previously said that the King wanted the Parliament to reconvene as soon as possible to allow for the emergency ordinances and national recovery plan to be debated by MPs.
Nonetheless, Takiyuddin said that the King did not specify when should the Parliament reconvene. In addition, he said that Muhyiddin had announced the Parliament would be able reconvene in the Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan, and it is estimated to be happening in September or Octoer.
On last Sunday (27 June), the minister said that the Parliament could only convene after the state of emergency ends on 1 August. He added that the Government had started vaccination the Parliament staff since 30 June to prepare for the reopening of the Parliament.
As of now, all MPs are fully vaccinated while the Parliament staff member is expected to be given their first dose by next week, according to Deputy Speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon.
Stay tuned for more updates!