Parliament special sitting on Monday (Aug 2) postponed

PETALING JAYA: The final day of Parliament’s five-day special sitting has been postponed to a date to be announced later.

In a statement on Saturday (July 31), Parliament secretary Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin said the postponement was in line with the recommendation of the Health director-general after a risk assessment was carried out by the Health Ministry following a number of Covid-19 infections in the House recently.

He also said that Parliament was now considered a high-risk location for possible infections.

Nizam Mydin also said an order came from Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon to inform all MPs that Parliament would not be sitting on Aug 2.

The special sittings begun on July 26 and was to have ended on Aug 2.

The special sitting was to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the vaccination process, the national economic recovery plan including the Emergency Ordinances.

However, briefings by the respective ministers did not involve any voting.

At around 3.30pm on Thursday (July 29), Mohd Rashid announced a lockdown in Parliament after two personnel were found to be Covid-19 positive.

All MPs, parliament staff, and journalists were barred from leaving the grounds until swab tests were carried out.

Following the swab tests, another two staff members were found to be positive.