Aliran launches online petition seeking two-week Parliament sitting

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This petition is in response to the move to allow for only a one-day sitting on 18 May.

So far, almost 5,000 people have signed the petition in less than a day. Have you signed it already?

The petition reads:

We are shocked by the government’s decision to convene only a one-day parliamentary sitting on 18 May – the first sitting of the house since the infamous “Sheraton Move” led to a backdoor government.

This farcical one-day parliamentary sitting appears to be just to fulfil the constitutional requirement that Parliament should convene no later than six months from the last parliamentary sitting. Parliament last met in December 2019.

To defer the actual proceedings to July – more than eight months from the last proper sitting – makes a mockery of this constitutional requirement, which was aimed at ensuring that the executive does not hold a monopoly of power without any parliamentary oversight for too long.

We call for at least a two-week parliamentary sitting from 18 May (excluding the Raya break) – perhaps through teleconferencing or with proper social distancing – to be held as soon as possible so that critical issues can be tabled and debated immediately!

See the full Aliran statement here

See article by P Ramakrishnan

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