KUALA LUMPUR — The Dewan Rakyat sitting for this morning session was unusually quiet without the presence of opposition members of Parliament.
The matter was raised by Datuk Mohd Isam Mohd Isa (BN-Tampin) who intervened during the question and answer session.
“No one from the opposition is present today,” he said.
Due to their absence, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul allowed three supplementary questions to be posed compared to the usual two.
Six questions listed in the Order Paper and raised by the opposition MPs to the ministers had to be skipped.
In a posting on X, Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman said not a single opposition MP was in the Dewan Rakyat as of 10.30am.
“They’re in Putrajaya it seems. Those who had questions submitted (for the question-and-answer session) should have stayed. It’s a waste that their question had to be skipped,” the Pakatan Harapan MP said.
Syahredzan Johan, MP for Bangi also took to the social media platform X, to say that not a single Perikatan Nasional MP was in the lower house as of 10.52am.
“All their questions on the agenda were not asked. They also lost their chance to ask supplementary questions,” he said.
It is understood that the opposition MPs are attending the ‘Selamatkan Syariah’ rally at the Palace of Justice grounds in Putrajaya today.
Earlier today, more than 1,000 people gathered at rally to “support and defend” the shariah courts, with many opposition figures present.
Among the MPs at the protest were opposition leader Hamzah Zainudin, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad, and Bersatu vice-president MP Radzi Jidin. — Malaysiaxpress