The King’s view that Parliament can convene a sitting during the emergency has encouraged opposition MPs to call for a sitting soon. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: After the King had announced that Parliament can be convened during the emergency period, the opposition wants Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to call for a sitting next month.

In welcoming the statement by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the Pakatan Harapan presidential council said it was similar to the opposition’s stance and that of the majority of MPs who felt that if the judiciary and executive could function during an emergency, so could Parliament.

“The prime minister must immediately advise the King to call for a Parliament session as early as March,” PH said in a joint statement by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

They went on to say that Parliament played a vital role in addressing issues faced by the rakyat due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as to draw up plans to resuscitate the nation’s economy.

Earlier today, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King had granted an audience to Dewan Negara president Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun.

“His Majesty has stated his view that Parliament can convene during the emergency on a date that His Majesty deems suitable, on the advice of the prime minister,” he said in a statement.

He also maintained that the King’s consent to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s advice to declare an emergency on Jan 12 was purely a proactive measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.

All Parliamentary and state sittings were suspended during the emergency.

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