Anwar: Pakatan won't allow any attempt to disrupt Royal Address on May 18

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan will oppose any attempt to disrupt the Royal Address during the Parliament meeting on May 18, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic).

The Opposition leader and Port Dickson MP said all MPs, regardless of party, must respect the King’s opening address.

He also said the Perikatan Nasional government should not use Covid-19 as an excuse to restrict debates in the May 18 meeting, as preventative measures had already been completed by Parliament staff.

“Congratulations to the efficient Parliament staff.

"It isn’t easy to rearrange (the seats). If it’s already completed, then there should be proceedings.

“We feel proceedings should go on, ” he said.

Anwar also said government measures in addressing the Covid-19 economic fallout should be people-centric, rather than focusing on bailing out airlines, big companies, and conglomerates.

“These companies have billions, and we can give space for debts. Before this, they made billions through the years, and with just three months of deficit, they want government assistance.

“This is different from the people.

"The people must be prioritised. This is different from the struggles of the people at the lower level. This is a principle that we will never compromise on, ” he said.

Anwar also took aim at Perikatan for not allowing debates during the one-day May 18 meeting.

The PKR president alleged the debates were being disallowed because there was a high chance that the Perikatan government wasn’t confident it would be able to acquire a majority in Parliament amidst horse-trading behind the scenes.

“Some of the present MPs, some of them wanted positions in ministries or GLCs. If they don’t get it, they jump.

“So, in the end, the world of politics is just like a frog's, rather than (being about) values and principles.

“I hope in the coming general election, voters will take note of this. Vote for someone who has principles and idealism.

“Don’t (vote) for those who horse-trade, ” he said in a Facebook Live ceramah on Thursday (May 14).

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu also criticised the decision not to allow debates on May 18. He said this was a reflection of the Perikatan government’s anger over the no-confidence motion that was mooted.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also said the decision did not fulfil the rules of a Dewan Rakyat meeting.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof had said the May 18 meeting would only feature the opening address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, with no other business to be attended to.

The May 18 meeting, the first held since the fall of the Pakatan government in March, will be heavily watched.

Source: The Star

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