So, GE15 can now be held?

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing
Reconvening of Parliament during emergency

KUCHING: With the Parliament being allowed to reconvene amidst the Emergency, it means that the general election can be held too, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing.

“The possible reconvening of Parliament during emergency is a return to democracy. It also means that the general election could also take place.

“However, in our excitement on the return of democratic principles, we must not forget why Emergency was declared in the first place. It was to contain the spread of and menace posed by Covid-19,” he said today.

Masing said if Parliament is to be convened and general election is to be held during the  Emergency, strict health standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be adhered to by all political parties.

“The rulings of the Election Commission (EC) must be strictly enforced during elections in order to prevent further spread of the pandemic.

“If political parties can follow the advice and instructions by the Health Ministry and EC, there should be no reason for both Parliament sittings and the general election to not take place especially now that vaccination is available,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong decreed that Parliament could reconvene even during the Emergency period, upon the advice of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Therefore, assumptions by some parties that the Emergency Proclamation prevents Parliament from convening is inaccurate,” a statement released by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin read.

Ahmad Fadil said that the Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, had earlier granted an audience to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azhar Azizan Harun and Dewan Negara Speaker Tan Sri Rais Yatim.

“The Agong expressed his views that Parliament can convene during the enforcement of the Emergency period, at a date, which is seen as suitable by the Agong, based on the advice of the prime minister,” he added.