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Pejuang yet to decide attendance to Parliament sitting

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) is considering the need for its Members of Parliament (MPs) to attend the next sitting of Parliament if motion presentation and debate sessions are not allowed.

Pejuang Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Parliamentary session which would begin on July 26, would only be a briefing if the two sessions were not allowed.

“We want to know whether there will be a debate or not, if there is a debate and tabling of motion we will be present. If there is not we will think whether we will be present or not … till then, there is no decision yet,” he said at a virtual media conference yesterday.

Commenting further, the Langkawi MP also questioned the reason why MPs need to attend the five -day parliamentary session from July 26, if it is just to hear the government’s explanation.

According to Dr Mahathir, the meeting is just a ploy to show that the parliamentary session is held.

“If the government wants to tell the Parliament about something that has hit the country, usually the government prepares a White Paper that can be given to Members of Parliament.

“They can ask what is in the White Paper, but this is not a White Paper presentation to the people’s representatives…we already know what the government wants to do, so there is no need for a briefing like this.

“This is not a Parliamentary session, just because the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has ordered that a Parliamentary session be held before the end of the Emergency, they are mockingly holding a session but there is no debate and motion presentation,” he said.

Earlier, the Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun informed that the notification of the Special Meeting was issued to all Dewan Rakyat Members with the conference taking place for five days from July 26 to August 2.

Apart from Dr Mahathir, the three MPs from the party who have just received approval from the Registrar of Societies are Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (Jerlun), Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu) and Datuk Shahruddin Md Salleh (Sri Gading).

Manwhile, Dr Mahathir also responded to the statement by the Speaker of the Senate, Tan Sri Rais Yatim, that he was happy with the news that there were ‘discussions’ between the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Dr Mahathir, recently.

Dr Mahathir denied that he had met Muhyiddin. “There is no direct meeting, no direct contact with Muhyiddin,” he said in response to media questions.

Pejuang in a statement, also vehemently denied allegations that the party would return to work with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

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