Umno wants MPs to support special Parliament session on emergency

20-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Malaysiakini | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Ketereh MP Annuar Musa has claimed that Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan has sent a letter to party MPs, instructing them to express their agreement to a call for a special parliamentary session to be held regarding the emergency proclamation.

Annuar told Ahmad to consult with the relevant experts first before asking Umno MPs to express their consent.

“The Umno sec-gen wrote to the MPs and gave us less than 24 hours to express agreement to urge the YDP Agong to convene a parliamentary session, allegedly under article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution.

“It is good for the Umno sec-gen to consult constitutional experts to look smarter in legal matters,” Annuar said on Twitter, this morning.

He also uploaded his response letter to Ahmad.

In the letter, the former BN secretary-general described the move as a “clear attempt” to conspire with the opposition, “insult the party’s decision”, and “disobey the Agong”.

“It is unfortunate that YB (Ahmad’s) letter has made a big mistake in interpreting matters related to the Federal Constitution.

“Article 150 (3) which is referred to, means to confirm any law made by declaration (promulgation) during an emergency, that is, a law/ordinance made without a parliamentary session.

“It means it needs to be tabled after the emergency is over, not called to discuss the legitimacy of the emergency proclamation that has been already been declared constitutional by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“YB should understand, after the proclamation was made under article 150 of the Federal Constitution, Parliament no longer convenes. Parliament can only convene after the end of the emergency period (1st August 2021),” Annuar wrote to Ahmad.

Earlier, Annuar had criticised elements of the Umno leadership for wanting to work with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and the DAP.

Annuar was then sacked as BN secretary-general on January 4 to be replaced by Ahmad.

On January 14, Anwar urged the opposition’s elected representatives to send a letter of appeal to the Agong to request that the declaration of emergency be cancelled and Parliament convened as soon as possible.

Pakatan Harapan MPs have said that an emergency is not necessary because the movement control order SOPs should be sufficient.

They claim that prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has the political motivation of avoiding elections and parliamentary sittings while being able to govern unchecked.

Meanwhile, Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz said he would also write a letter to the Agong to request that the emergency be reconsidered.

He said this was because he thought the emergency was being carried out to silence the voice of the MPs.

“I will write (a letter) to the Agong, supporting the rethinking of this emergency plan which has indeed silenced the voices of MPs and is not necessary,” he said.


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