Selangor Journal
The Selangor State Legislative Assembly in session at Shah Alam, on July 16, 2020. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Selangor backbenchers, opposition show support for reopening of state assembly

SHAH ALAM, June 22 — Selangor Backbenchers Club chairman Elizabeth Wong and State Opposition leader Datuk Rizam Ismail had pledged their full support for the Selangor State Legislative Assembly to reconvene soon.

Both Wong and Rizam in a joint statement today, in reference to the statement made by Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari on Thursday, had voiced the same call.

“Referring to the Selangor Menteri Besar’s statement dated June 17, we will give our fullest commitment for the initiative by the Selangor government to reconvene the State Legislative Assembly, in line with the view of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Malay Rulers,” the statement read.

They said the assembly sitting is very important for both state and Federal governments to debate on issues concerning the people to be addressed together in the agenda to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We also hold in high esteem the view of Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Malay Rulers that Parliament should reconvene and open soon, to become the check and balance for the Malaysian government governance,” said the statement.

The statement stated that the concern shown by Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Malay Rulers must be taken seriously by all parties so that issues concerning the people, economy and country can be managed fast.

On June 16, Istana Negara Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that the King had called for the Parliament to be reconvened as soon as possible to allow the Emergency Ordinance and the National Recovery Plan to be debated by members of the Dewan Rakyat.

The view was expressed after His Majesty chaired a special meeting of Malay Rulers held at Istana Negara to discuss efforts to combat Covid-19.

This was followed by a joint statement from the Malay Rulers expressing the view that the state of emergency should need not be extended beyond August 1.

The Malay Rulers were also of the view that the state legislative assemblies in their respective states should be allowed to reconvene as soon as possible.

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