Parliament lockdown a great national disservice: Kit Siang

PETALING JAYA: The Parliament lockdown since last Thursday is a great national disservice as Malaysia is heading towards half-a-million Covid-19 cases and 6,000 Covid-19 deaths.

Saying this, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang(pix) commented that Parliament should meet to draft a new policy and strategy to avert calamitous figures which could exceed 1.5 million Covid-19 cases and 15,000 Covid-19 deaths on the 64th National Day on Aug 31.

“Instead Members of Parliament were blocked from Parliament and the Parliament special meeting truncated, after being distracted from focusing on the Covid-19 pandemic with a major constitutional crisis,” he said in a statement today.

“The Parliamentary Privileges Committee should meet in urgent session to deal with the obstruction of MPs from reaching Parliament yesterday, in effect, frustrating MPs from carrying out their parliamentary duties.”

He cited Section 9(e) of the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 that provides for Parliament to punish anyone who obstruct MPs from entering the House with contempt of Parliament.

“This is also a criminal offence under Section 124 of the Penal Code, which provides a punishment of up to seven years imprisonment and a fine,” the Iskandar Puteri MP said.

“When will the police begin to initiate investigations as police reports have been lodged?

“What is most crucial is the resumption of the truncated Parliamentary special meeting to re-focus parliamentary and national attention on the worsening Covid-19 pandemic, which saw daily new Covid-19 cases remain in five-digit figures for three consecutive weeks and a new record of 219 daily Covid-19 deaths yesterday,” LIm added.

He pointed out that Malaysia took more than 13 months on Feb 17 to reach the first 1,000 deaths but broke the ninth 1,000 deaths in five days and is expected to break the 10,000-mark for Covid-19 deaths this week.