THE Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has given its views pertaining to the convening of the State Legislative Assembly during the Emergency period to the Penang state Legal Adviser.
According to Section 15 (1) (b) of the Emergency Ordinance, the State Legislative Assembly can be held even if the Parliament sitting does not take place. Upon the advice of the state executive council, the Penang Governor can propose to the King to allow the State Legislative Assembly to be held.
As reported, the Penang government would be sending a letter to the National Security Council (NSC) to seek an approval to hold the State Legislative Assembly during the current Emergency proclamation period.
Buletin Mutiara obtained some views from the public with regard to whether the Parliament and the State Legislative Assembly should reconvene.
Nurlina Anas, a personal assistant to the managing director, said the Parliament and State Legislative Assembly should reconvene.
“The people are waiting for the issues that need to be passed in Parliament and in the State Legislative Assembly.
“Almost every sector has reopen and the people have gone back to work. So why can’t the Parliament reconvene?” she asked.
Operations manager Shahrulnizam Mohd Salleh said the Parliament and State Legislative Assembly should meet again.
“However, strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be adopted to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
Meanwhile, business executive Tan Kean Sing that many operators have been allowed to open.
“Even schools are open.
“It is important to uphold the parliamentary democracy system in Malaysia.
“So I feel that the Parliament and State Legislative Assembly should reconvene,” he said.
Businessman J. Rajoo said he would prefer a dissolution of Parliament instead.
“I feel it is better to get a fresh mandate from the people. We are frustrated with all the politicking,” he said.