Aug 2 Parliament sitting adjourned until further notice after area deemed risky Covid-19 locality

KUALA LUMPUR (July 31): The final day of the special Parliament sitting scheduled for Monday (Aug 2) has been adjourned until further notice.

In a letter to members of Parliament, Dewan Rakyat secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin said the Speaker’s office was informed of the postponement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in line with Standing OrderĀ 11(3) of the lower house.

“This postponement is in line with the suggestion by the health director-general and the latest risk assessment by the Ministry of Health and following the latest developments in the spread of Covid-19, where the Ministry of Health has opined that the Parliament of Malaysia is a locality at risk of Covid-19 infections spreading,” he said.

Nizam Mydin said he had been instructed by the Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon to inform MPs that there will be no Parliamentary sitting on Monday.

Last Thursday (July 29), the Dewan Rakyat’s afternoon session was postponed three times before it was eventually adjourned, after 11 Covid-19 cases were reported.

Earlier that day, the Palace had issued a statement to rebuke Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun for failing to ensure that the revocation of the emergency ordinances was tabled before Parliament and debated.