Excuses That PH MPs Give For Not Attending Parliament : “It Can Be Too Cold” , “Simplest Way to Kill Our MPs” , “Take Coffee Breaks” & “Need To Say Hi To Wife” - The Coverage
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Excuses That PH MPs Give For Not Attending Parliament : “It Can Be Too Cold” , “Simplest Way to Kill Our MPs” , “Take Coffee Breaks” & “Need To Say Hi To Wife”

“In this Budget session, we always finish at around 10pm or 10.30pm. When you get home, it’s about 12am and after you shower it’s about 1am and after you say hi to you wife, its 1.30am.,” he said

It isn’t easy for MPs to stay inside the Dewan Rakyat for proceedings because it can be too cold, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.

“It’s not easy for us to stay for a long time, you know? It is very cold sometimes,” said Hanipa, who added that such occurrences were normal.

“I think everywhere in the world, you cannot expect MPs to stay all the time, ” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (Nov 27).

He claimed that it was normal for MPs to stay out of Dewan Rakyat proceedings for a long period of time under the former Barisan Nasional administration.

“That is why we have a bell for the Speaker to ring. For me, it’s a small matter, ” he said, adding that he wasn’t worried about the poor attendance of Pakatan Harapan MPs in Parliament proceedings.

Hanipa also said the Pakatan-led government had no problems at present.

“If we have problems, we will fix it. We are still united, no problem. It is a small matter, ” he added.

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Earlier in Parliament, PKR parliamentary whip chief Datuk Johari Abdul also told reporters that fatigue was a factor causing the poor attendance of MPs

“In this Budget session, we always finish at around 10pm or 10.30pm. When you get home, it’s about 12am and after you shower it’s about 1am and after you say hi to you wife, its 1.30am.,” he said

“We have to discuss with the Speaker to see how MPs can have more quality time. They seem quite fatigued now, ” Johari added.

On Tuesday (Nov 26) night, the 2020 Budget for the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry was nearly defeated after Opposition MPs called for a bloc vote twice when they noticed that they had more MPs in the Dewan Rakyat than Pakatan.

During the first vote count, the allocation was nearly approved with 32 MPs voting in support while 28 Opposition MPs rejected it.

The final bloc vote called by the Opposition stood at 45-28, where Pakatan saw an increase of 17 in its majority.

Opposition MPs questioned the time it took to tabulate votes from a small number of MPs present, as it took about 20 minutes for the votes to be tallied.

Meanwhile, Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 27) that the expectation that MPs should sit in the Dewan Rakyat from 10am to 12am was the simplest way to “literally kill our MPs”.

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Johari claimed he knew the Opposition would target the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry for a bloc vote, as the ministry was helmed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“And then when I saw some unfamiliar faces around, I knew something was going on. Barisan MPs never stayed back in Parliament.”

Johari cited fatigue as among the reasons so many Pakatan MPs were absent from Dewan Rakyat proceedings.

“In this Budget session, we always finish late, usually around 10pm or 10.30pm. When you get home, it’s about 12am and after you shower it’s about 1am. After you say ‘Hi’ to you wife, it’s 1.30am.

“So, when you wake up, sometimes you are a bit late to the morning session. So, it’s fatigue lah.

“Probably we have to discuss with the Speaker to see how MPs can have more quality time. Now, they seemed quite fatigued.”

Liew Vui Keong: MPs sometimes take coffee breaks

The unruly behaviour of Opposition MPs is among the reasons why Pakatan Harapan MPs occasionally leave the Dewan Rakyat proceedings, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong .

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“At times, we see that many MPs among the Opposition do not debate ethically. They only shout and make a lot of noise.

“Sometimes, we are unable to sit inside because they are just raising irrelevant issues to the subject (being debated).

“So, many MPs go out to the lounge to have coffee,” he claimed.

Liew was referring to an incident on Tuesday (Nov 26) night, where the 2020 Budget for the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry was nearly defeated after Opposition MPs called for a bloc vote twice when they noticed that their MPs present were more than Pakatan’s.

Liew also said that the issue of lack of quorum does not arise as the allocations were approved with 32 MPs voting in support while 28 Opposition MPs rejected it.

“In the second bloc vote, it was 45 MPs supporting and 28 rejecting it. They demanded for bloc voting and they failed,” he said.

The Batu Sapi MP labelled the Opposition’s attempt to defeat the allocations as an “unwise and irresponsible” move.

“It was tabled by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, which were allocations for welfare, the disabled and single-mothers.

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