KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 – Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein proposed that Malaysian political leaders commit to “stability” in government as a condition of reopening Parliament which has been suspended since the start of the state of emergency .
Recognizing the growing call for the government to reconstitute Parliament, the leader of Umno noted that some of these hidden agendas, such as the desire to “satisfy the desire for political power of some individuals”.
Although he did not name anyone, he insinuated that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was one.
Hishammuddin said federal lawmakers must commit to only using the proposed parliamentary meeting to address the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia, which he says has placed the country in an unprecedented crisis.
“Taking into account my arguments, one condition emerges, which is that we need stability. This stability may allow the reopening of Parliament. This same stability can also give parliamentarians the right to ask questions and the government to respond during parliamentary sessions.
“But the most relevant point is that this stability must not be hijacked,” he said, affirming his provisional support for the reopening of Parliament.
Hishammuddin acknowledged that the proposed truce would be temporary, but said it was not to last longer than the pandemic.
A change in the country’s political landscape could jeopardize plans to pull Malaysia and its economy out of the pandemic when there was no time to waste, he said.
The worsening Covid-19 situation has put additional pressure on the government to reconvene Parliament and commit to ending the state of emergency as scheduled on August 1.
Since last week, Yang diPertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has questioned the leaders of Malaysia’s main political parties on the Covid-19 situation and the emergency.
This culminated today in a special meeting of the Leaders’ Conference.
This morning, Umno’s Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said it was now incumbent on leaders to select the “right person” to pull Malaysia out of its current crises, as Parliament was unable to fulfill this constitutional obligation to the moment.
Yesterday Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a four-phase national stimulus plan that called for parliament to meet again in September at the earliest.