Five days enough for sitting

KUCHING: The forthcoming five-day Parliament sitting for the purpose of explaining the National Recovery Plan and amending laws and regulations to allow a hybrid Parliament should be sufficient, said Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He pointed out that as mentioned in the statement by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Parliament sitting was to explain on the National Recovery Plan.

“But it does not say which ministries will be asked to explain. So, if that is the only government’s agenda, then five days may be enough,” he told New Sarawak Monday (July 5).

“We don’t have the details yet. For now, we rely on the short announcement made by the PMO today (July 5).

“We may get some details on the five-day sitting on Wednesday after the Cabinet meeting,” added the MP.

Wan Junaidi explained that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was the leader of the House who would determine the date and time of the sitting.

“The agenda is based on the government requirement under the Standing Orders and Rules of the Dewan Rakyat. Once the agenda is determined, then the Speaker and Dewan Rakyat Secretary will arrange it according to the Order of the Day of the Dewan Rakyat. Similarly, the same thing applies to the Dewan Negara,” he said.

“Following the announcement, the Speaker will receive an official notice of the announcement and the Dewan Rakyat Secretary will issue a notice to all MPs under Rule 9 in not less than 28 days.

“Normally, when the Secretary issues the notice, it will have the details of the sitting. The daily Orders of Parliamentary sitting will show the timing of each item for the day.

“This includes the question time, the minister’s speech and response from members, if any, as well as when the session starts and adjourns for the day.

“Members may ask questions but they must reach the Secretary 10 days before the commencement of the session under Rule 22 of Dewan Rakyat,” said Wan Junaidi.

Meanwhile, the PMO in a statement today (July 5), said that Parliament would reconvene for five days starting July 26 to 29 and August 2 while the Senate would sit for three days from August 3 to 5.

The statement said the purpose of the sitting was to explain to MPs the National Recovery Plan and amend all laws and regulations to allow the Parliamentary sittings to be held in a hybrid manner.

“Based on Clause (3) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution, all emergency proclamations and ordinances declared by Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall be laid before both Houses in Parliament,” the statement read.