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The Second Meeting of the Third Session of the 14th Parliament is set to take place on Monday, July 13, 2020 and is expected to be full of drama.
This would be the first full Parliament session since the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government’s overthrow of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, and following the previous one-day Dewan Rakyat seating held in May during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.
Reportedly, the entire second Parliament meeting, set to convene for a total of 25 days from July 13 to August 27, would be conducted with respect to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) with mandatory health checks as well as social distancing and hygiene measures set in place.
Moreover, the meeting would also be restricted to only allow Members of Parliament (MPs) and staff to enter the Dewan chambers. But other government personnel and members of the press would still be allowed around the Parliament building compound.
Here are the things anticipated to go down on Monday;
Confidence/no confidence vote for PM
Malaysia’s sole Islamist party, PAS plans to submit a motion of confidence to show support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Malaysia’s 8th PM.
According to Kota Baru MP Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, the PM had shown his leadership qualities during the course of the Covid-19 crisis and the motion would prove that Muhyiddin has the nation’s trust to lead the country.
Simultaneously, Parliament is also set to discuss a motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin, made previously by the former Premier, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who claimed that the PM did not command the majority support of the House.
The motion was reportedly accepted by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and was supposed to have been discussed during Parliament’s First Meeting in May, only to be postponed to an unspecified date.
The no-confidence motion was also rumored to be the reason why former Dewan Rakyat Secretary Riduan Rahmat was removed from his post.
Presently, both the PN government and PH opposition have yet to publicly prove claims that either side has the majority support of the Dewan Rakyat.
However, it was reported that the seating plan for Monday’s Parliament session would have 114 out of 222 MPs aligned with PN.
Removal of Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Deputy Speaker
A motion for the replacement of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming was recently made by Muhyiddin.
Both Speakers were elected during the PH administration.
Reportedly, according to Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Parliament Chief Whip Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, PN has identified its replacement candidate for the Speaker’s post while revealing that the candidate was not an MP.
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