KUCHING: The federal government has been urged to reconvene Parliament as early as March to provide oversight to the executive branch.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said doing so would also help build confidence and acceptance of the government’s approach towards the Covid-19 pandemic especially during the vaccine rollout.
“I hope the government will reconvene Parliament as early as March so that we can play our part to not just provide oversight to the government’s approach towards Covid-19, but also to raise the many issues faced by our constituents.
“It will also provide a push for the government to set up plans on how to stimulate the economy for good of the people.
“All MPs, from both political divides must welcome this announcement as we need to defend the independence and role of the legislature,” he said in response to a decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that Parliament could reconvene even during the Emergency period, upon the advice of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Dr Yii said it was welcome news as the government and the Prime Minister must face scrutiny from the Parliament.
“That is why the initial move by the federal government to suspend Parliament is worrying and a threat to democracy as the executive cannot have free rein over the country’s affairs, without being held accountable by Parliament.
“Without legislative scrutiny and accountability, the executive branch becomes overly powerful without checks and balance.
“This is extremely dangerous during a time of pandemic when unprecedented amounts of funds to manage the Covid-19 pandemic are being allocated,” he said.