KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong explained that many Members of Parliament from Pakatan Harapan (PH) were late in entering the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House) sitting yesterday as they had attended a briefing earlier.
He said the Dewan Rakyat sitting which should have continued at 2.30 pm was only delayed for six minutes.
I was made to understand that after the lunch break ended at 2.30 pm yesterday,Alexander Nanta Linggi (GPS-PBB Kapit) raised the matter on the meeting’s lack of quorum and the bell was sounded for the second time at 2.32 pm.
Most of the PH MPs (Members of Parliament) at that time were in the Parliament Building, it’s just that they were late in entering because they had attended a briefing. The sitting was continued at 2.36 pm, it’s just six minutes late, he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby, here today.
Meanwhile, when asked whether he agreed with the suggestion that the monthly allowance of MPs who failed to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting be deducted, Liew said he did not agree because many new MPs were not used to the the Dewan Rakyat’s regulations.
But if this matter persists, action would be taken and the government would discuss the matter at the Cabinet meeting today, he said.
Yesterday, the Dewan Rakyat Sitting had to be postponed momentarily due to the lack of quorum.
The matter also drew the attention of former Cabinet minister Rais Yatim through his Twitter account, stating that the best way of resolving the problem of the lack of quorum at the Dewan Rakyat was by way of deducting the monthly allowance of the MP based on the rate ordered by the Dewan Rakyat Select Committee.–
Source: NAM News Network