Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon has yet again delayed parliamentary proceedings, this time to 5.15pm, following the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s statement this morning expressing displeasure over the law minister’s announcement on the revocation of emergency ordinances.
Rashid earlier today suspended and adjourned the meeting from 12.30pm to 12.45pm, followed by 12.45pm to 1pm, and 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
The latest adjournment is from 3.30pm to 5.15pm.
Rashid said two new Covid-19 cases were detected in Parliament.
“I’ve just received a letter from the health director-general, stating that the Health Ministry unfortunately detected two fresh Covid-19 cases on July 29, at 12.30pm, in Parliament.
“The first case involves an employee who has been here since Monday, July 26. The individual was here until Wednesday, July 28. He has a high viral load and infectivity. The second case was detected today, during self-screening.
“A risk assessment found that these two individuals have been on the Parliament premises.”
He told lawmakers that no one is allowed to leave the Parliament grounds until they have been screened at Door 3 and their results confirmed.
Priority will be given to MPs, he said.
“This meeting is adjourned until 5.15pm.”
Immediately, the opposition started to laugh, with some MPs sarcastically telling Rashid to stay put.
“Don’t run!” said Pang Hok Liong (Labis-PH).
Other opposition parliamentarians were seen standing trying to say their piece before the deputy speaker exited the chamber.
Members of the media have flocked to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s private residence in Bukit Damansara here since 1pm after the Istana Negara statement.
Several vehicles believed to be carrying cabinet members and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun were spotted entering via the residence’s main gate about 1.30pm, reported Bernama.
The palace statement said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah is deeply disappointed with the remarks made by Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday that the government has revoked all emergency ordinances effective July 21 without the matter first receiving His Majesty’s consent.
It said the king is also disappointed that his decree to Takiyuddin and Idrus for the proposed revocation to be tabled and debated in Parliament was not executed.
Lawmakers earlier protested against the House’s adjournment till 3.30pm.
R.S.N. Rayer (Jelutong-PH), Cha Kee Chin (Rasah-PH) and Teo Nie Ching (Kulai-PH) were among those who voiced out before their microphones were turned off.
“Why is it being adjourned again? What’s the story? (The session) cannot be adjourned. Why are you running away, speaker?” asked Rayer.
Teo was heard saying “Just resign! What else is there to discuss?”, repeating calls led by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Port Dickson-PH) before the lunch break for Muhyiddin and Takiyuddin to step down.
In the Istana Negara statement, the king told off Takiyuddin over his announcement on the emergency proclamation and its ordinances on day one of the special sitting, saying the minister’s remarks are “inaccurate” and “misled lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat”.
Parliament Under Immediate Lockdown – MPs barred from leaving
A much anticipated afternoon session of the Dewan Rakyat was postponed to 5.15pm today after health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah issued a directive that the Parliament building be placed under quarantine following the detection of Covid-19 cases on the premises.
Deputy speaker Rashid Hasnon said all parliament staff as well as MPs attending the current special sitting would have to undergo screening for the virus.
The announcement was greeted by loud jeers from opposition MPs, who had been awaiting the government’s response to a statement by Istana Negara criticising the move to annul the emergency ordinances.
The statement said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was disappointed that the matter was not put forth for debate, adding that he had yet to consent to the revocation of the emergency ordinances.
In a statement today, Noor Hisham said 2,093 people were screened from July 21 to 25. Of these, 56 tested positive: two MPs, six aides and 48 officials from various government agencies.
Of the 56 who tested positive, 39 or 69.6% had yet to be vaccinated or had yet to complete both doses.
Those who tested positive included Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Muhyiddin Advised To Resign By Allies In His Perikatan Nasional Ruling Alliances – Situation Has Become Too Chaotic & Untenable
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been advised to resign by allies in his Perikatan Nasional (PN) government after a stunning rebuke on Thursday (July 29) by the King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah.
The Palace issued a statement insisting the King did not consent to the government’s unilateral move to revoke ordinances that the ruler had earlier approved during the seven-month emergency which expires on Sunday.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin was holed up with close advisers in Cabinet as well as the Attorney General at his residence after the morning’s parliamentary proceedings, with the afternoon session delayed by an hour.
“PM was told the situation has become too chaotic and untenable,” a source with knowledge of the discussions told The Straits Times.
Umno Youth chief Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki made an open call for the Premier to step down, accusing him of “treason”.
“Umno Youth urges Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to immediately resign,” he said in a statement just hours after the royal rebuke.
Umno is the largest party in government and its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been agitating for its MPs to leave the beleaguered administration, which has been hard pressed to defend its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Straits Times understands that Umno ministers, who have remained steadfast to Mr Muhyiddin despite pressure from Zahid, have told the Premier his grip on power has been shaken by the discord with the Palace.
However, it is not known how the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president will respond to the demands.
He has repeatedly promised fresh polls once the pandemic is under control.
All Umno MPs must withdraw their support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced today, hours after the fiasco over the emergency ordinances (EOs).
In a statement, he also called on Muhyiddin and law minister Takiyuddin Hassan to resign honourably after failing to get the King’s consent to revoke the EOs, despite announcing the revocation on Monday.
“This is clearly a form of treachery against the King while going against the Federal Constitution.
“Umno MPs must comply with the Umno Supreme Council’s decision on July 7 to withdraw support for Muhyiddin as prime minister.
“This is in line with the foundation and goal of Umno’s establishment, which is to always preserve and uphold the institution of the Malay Rulers, as enshrined under Article 3 of the Umno constitution,” he said.
Zahid added that Umno MPs must withdraw their support for the PM to fulfil their oaths taken as MPs, where they swore allegiance to the King and to defend the Federal Constitution at all times.
Earlier, Umno Supreme Council member Puad Zarkashi had echoed Zahid’s views, calling on all party members who are ministers and deputy ministers and those holding GLC positions to resign immediately in the wake of the controversy.
He also said the party’s MPs should apply to sit with the independent bloc at the Dewan Rakyat as a sign that they no longer supported the prime minister and the Perikatan Nasional-led government.
“The decision made at the Umno Supreme Council (meeting) was right. The prime minister and the PN government are irresponsible,” he said in a statement.
He added that it was unreasonable for ministers from Umno to attend Cabinet meetings to discuss any form of damage control.
“Don’t get involved anymore,” he said, adding that if Muhyiddin had any integrity, he should allow a motion of no confidence to be tabled at the sitting on Monday.