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24 Jul, 14 tweets, 2 min read
1. Parliament sits again. What happens to the Emergency? One would expect the Parliament to debate the proclamation of emergency (POE) and any ordinance made once it re-opens. Voting should take place to approve or annul the Emergency under Art 150(3). This isn't happening.
2. However, the government has different ideas. When the agenda for parliamentary business was released, it only allocated time for “Statements by Ministers”. Under the Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Orders, the government decides on the order of business.
3. The government’s business takes precedence over other issues. Rather than tabling the POE and the ordinances as motions for them to be debated and voted upon, the government is instead opting to “brief” the Parliament. The briefings will be for the entire 5 days.
4. Because there is no voting at the sitting, Parliament cannot decide if the Emergency should remain in force or be revoked. Effectively, the government is forcing a status quo.
5. The manoeuvre of using the Standing Orders contravenes the spirit of Article 150(3), which acts as a safeguard, providing Parliament with a supervisory function over the government’s emergency powers.
6. The Standing Orders were made under Article 62(1) of the Constitution which regulates parliamentary procedure, stating that: “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution and of federal law, each House of Parliament shall regulate its own procedure.”
7. Article 62(1) clearly subjects the Standing Orders to the Constitution. The Orders cannot be read to disable Parliament from exercising its functions set out in the Federal Constitution.
8. On this basis, the government’s use of the Standing Orders, to prevent Parliament from carrying out its functions under Article 150(3), is patently unconstitutional.
9. In most cases, there is little dispute between Parliament and the government of the day because the latter controls the former with majority support. It is a flaw in the design of the Westminster system that Parliament merely acts as a “rubber stamp” of the government.
10. Presently, however, majority support for the Prime Minister is in question, and Parliament could very well disapprove of the Emergency. The present political climate differs from previous ones where states of emergency were called by governments that enjoyed clear majority.
11. In 1964, Tunku Abdul Rahman moved a motion to seek Parliament’s support for the Emergency called in the wake of the Konfrontasi with Indonesia. Tun Abdul Razak moved a bill in 1966 on the Emergency in Sarawak to test parliamentary support for the same.
12. Likewise, this was done in 1977 by Tun Hussein Onn on the Kelantan Emergency. Never in our history has a Prime Minister circumvented the parliamentary scrutiny safeguards under Article 150.
13. In conclusion, the government’s refusal or neglect to allow Parliament to vote on the Emergency not only frustrates the Parliament’s constitutional duty under Article 150(3), but also commits a fraud on Parliament.
14. The abuse of the Standing Orders is disingenuous and manifests, yet again, how specific practices in the name of rules can trump the Federal Constitution.

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23 Oct 20
1. We need to be very alarmed of the grave consequences of a Proclamation of Emergency. A Proclamation of Emergency can only be issued when a grave emergency exists whereby the security, or economic life, or public order in Malaysia is threatened.
2. A political emergency for the powers that be is not a ground for emergency. The failure to pass a budget in Parliament is not a threat to economic life, it’s just part of democracy.
3. Once a Proclamation of Emergency is in operation, the Prime Minister is empowered to make laws without going through Parliament by way of ordinances promulgated by the YDPA (the YDPA acts on advice of the Prime Minister).
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