IT HAS been 25 days since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong said Parliament could sit during the Emergency Ordinance. However, until today, the government has yet to fix any date which will enable the elected representatives to return to the Dewan Rakyat.
The function of Parliament as a check and balance process in a country’s democratic system continues to depend on the grounds of ‘science and data’ logic. Keep in mind that the Parliament is the utmost position in a democratic system.
Parliament is a forum for people to voice their concerns through their elected representatives in elections. It is the Federal legislature that examines government policies in the interest of the country.
It also maintains the separation of Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers to prevent abuse of power due to centralisation of power.
Therefore, I am of the view that it is time for democracy to be restored on the grounds of ‘science and data’.
First, the function of Parliament can still continue safely, including virtually, as many other countries do.
Second, many MPs have taken Covid-19 vaccine injections since the national vaccination program began.
Third, most other activities including school sessions are already allowed to operate, so there is no reason for Parliament to continue to close.
The Parliament will be a safe area as long as everyone complies with the SOPs.
DATO’ SERI DR AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI