Reconvene Parliament or step down, PM told

Abun Sui Anyit

KUCHING: The prime minister and the federal Cabinet were urged to adhere to the decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to reconvene Parliament as soon as possible.

Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), through a statement issued by its information chief Abun Sui Anyit, said the prime minister and the Federal Cabinet should step down if they fail do so.

“The parliamentary sitting should be called immediately or as soon as possible by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) as ordered by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“As the order mentions to discuss the Emergency Ordinances 2021, then Keadilan Sarawak is of the view that the Parliamentary sitting should be held in June or July.”

Abun said Parliament may be called to sit at any time during the Emergency period before Aug 1 by the King as stipulated in Section 14 (1) (b) of the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021.

“This means that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has thought it is appropriate time for Parliament to be called ‘as soon as possible’ or ‘immediately’ in the Istana Negara media statement,” he said on Friday (June 18).

He said Sarawak PKR supported the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council’s view that the prime minister should resign if he refused to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to call for Parliament.

“If Parliament is not called, this means that the PN government has collectively disobeyed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s order.

“This is a bad precedent that will be recorded in the history of our country which should not be followed in the future.”

He added, it was honourable for the prime minister and Federal Cabinet to resign so that a new prime minister could be appointed.

“If the prime minister does not step down, the people will surely punish all the PN candidates and those linked to the PN in the next general election.”