| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Malaysia’s government to reconvene parliament this month

Malaysia’s Parliament will meet again this month, according to a minister, just days after the king reiterated his appeal for parliament to gather to debate methods to address the health and economic crises brought on by COVID-19.

Takiyuddin Hassan, the Minister in Charge of Parliament and Law, said in a statement that the date will be decided at the next cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

King Al-Sultan Abdullah had asked the speakers of both houses of parliament two days before to urge to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that he call a special session of parliament.

He made a similar call two weeks prior, when he said parliament should be allowed to debate an ongoing national emergency and the government’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Muhyiddin had previously stated that parliament may resume as soon as September, but only if daily coronavirus cases decreased below 2,000. Authorities reported 6,982 additional cases on Friday.

Malaysia is currently on lockdown, with the government tightening mobility and business restrictions in the city, Kuala Lumpur, and nearby Selangor state on Thursday, as the number of new infections showed no signs of slowing.

  • Reuters