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What You Need To Know About The Special Parliamentary Session Happening This Week

What You Need To Know About The Special Parliamentary Session Happening This Week

Parliament will reconvene for 5 days starting 26 July.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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The Dewan Rakyat will once again reconvene for a special meeting of the third session of the 14th parliament.

This meeting has been scheduled for five days: 26 to 29 July, and 2 August. There will be a three day break in between.

READ MORE: Parliament To Convene For 5 Days Starting 26 July Says PMO

The special meeting is held in accordance with the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives Rule 11 (3). The PDF is available here.

Standing Orders of the House of Representatives Rule 11 (3)

TLDR; 

  • Affairs of the meeting are determined by the Prime Minister.
  • He has to notify the house what they are before the meeting. 

Things that are not going to happen

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah. (Credit: RTM)
  • There will not be an opening ceremony by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
  • There will be no debates on government bills.
  • There will be no oral question and answer session.

What can the Parliamentarians do?

The order of business of the meeting will follow Section 3 of Article 150 of the Federal Constitution. 

TLDR; 

  • All emergency proclamations and ordinances made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament.

Therefor, issues that will be laid at this session are:

  • State of emergency proclamation.
  • State of emergency ordinance.
  • State of emergency proclamation in relation to:
    • Gerik, Perak – Parliamentary Seat.
    • Bugaya, Sabah – ADUN. 
  • Statement by Ministers under the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives Rule 14 (1) (i).

NOTE: These issues will not be debated or put up to a vote. As such they are considered ‘laid’ and not ‘tabled’.

Which Ministers will talk about what?

Credit: Prime Minister’s Department/Bernama
  • Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md Yasin.
    • National Recovery Plan.
  • Deputy Prime Minister / Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
    • State of emergency implementation.
  • Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
    • Efforts to combat Covid-19.
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
    • Vaccination program.
  • Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz
    • Economic assistance packages.
  • Request for clarification and opinions of Parliamentarians. 

Can Parliamentarians still ask questions?

  • Yes, after each Minister has completed their explanation.
  • Questions are limited to the subject that was explained by each Minister.
  • It is up to the discretion of the speaker to allow questions on each subject.

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