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What’s the real reason for suspending Parliament?

PN’s Fear Of Losing A Vote Of Confidence And Accounting For Their Broken Promises The Real Reason For Refusing To Reopen Parliament.

The senior minister for economy and trade and industry minister Azmin Ali’s fallacious claim that the decision to suspend Parliament until August is for the good of all and does not violate the Federal Constitution, openly contradicts and disobeys the royal opinion expressed by the King.

Despite the King expressing that the Emergency Proclamation does not prevent Parliament from meeting, the PN government is recalcitrant by refusing to reopen Parliament.

What is Azmin Ali really afraid of?

Is Azmin fearful of attending Parliament to answer his poor performance as Minister that caused the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to report that foreign investment inflows in Malaysia fell by 68%  to USD 2.5 billion last year, the worst % decline in ASEAN? Or to explain to MPs why IBM decided to close down its RM1 billion information technology (IT) Global Delivery Centre in Cyberjaya by end of May, extinguishing 1,000 highly skilled jobs.

PN has committed a diabolical act of treachery against Parliamentary democracy and the Federal Constitution as well as “lese majeste” against the King. How can 222 MPs meeting threaten public health with COVID-19, when all MPs have been fully vaccinated and business establishments, schools and sports stadium can reopen?

The real reason that PN dare not reopen Parliament is that they have lost their parliamentary majority following the split with UMNO and fear losing a vote of confidence.

DAP have given an assurance that our MPs will not support any vote of confidence for any Parliamentary meetings held before 1 August 2021, to enable spending measures on COVID-19 to be passed and Parliament to function normally.

PN is selfish to sacrifice Parliament for their political survival and to avoid parliamentary oversight and scrutiny for their failed promises and policies.

PN does not want to justify their broken promises, such as continuing the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail(HSR), automatic extension of bank loan moratorium(except Top 20), increase in monthly welfare aid to RM1,000, including the unemployed, double-standards in punishing the rakyat but not Ministers for failing to comply with Movement Control Order(MCO) restrictions.  

Further, PN does not want to explain their U-turn in promising to implement the reduction of the voting age from 21 to 18 or Undi18 by July 2021 but delaying to after September 2022.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who had voted for the Undi 18 constitutional amendment in 2019, has also made a U-turn stating that those between18-20 year olds are not mature enough to vote.

Hadi is dishonest for now dismissing youths as not mature enough to vote but yet are mature enough to drive at 18 and even marry below the age of 18. What is more hypocritical is that PAS accepts members as young as 13, who can vote in PAS party meetings.

How can Hadi be so ignorant as not to know that some 90 per cent of the 57 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have voting age at 18 years old — including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Algeria, Libya and Palestine? As Malaysia’s special envoy with Ministerial status to the Middle East, Hadi’s ignorance is perhaps the reason why he failed to bring in significantly new Middle Eastern investments to Malaysia as compared to Indonesia’s success.

Lim Guan Eng

Secretary General of DAP

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