Unsubstantiated and exaggerated view by DAP man on Parliament prorogation
- October 18, 2020
- The Sentral Reporter
By Dato’ Sivarraajh Chandran, Vice President of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
Senator Liew Chin Tong’s comment as regards to Tan Sri Vigneswaran opinion on the legal aspects of prorogation of Parliament in Malaysia is misplaced. Prorogation of Parliament is a constitutional power granted to the YDPA by the Federal Constitution. It was carefully provided for and to be invoked by the YDPA when the need arises. Contrary to the mistaken belief of Senator Liew, it’s not a lifeline for a government in distress.
Tan Sri Vigneswaran predominantly explored the options available to the nation that is facing the limitations posed by Covid-19. Inevitably, dissolution of Parliament at this time would call for the general elections to be held in 60 days. Are the nation and its people ready for an election with Covid cases still rising at an alarming rate?
The nation has never endured a pandemic before and we have no set precedent for us to abide by. Hence, leaders and scholars are exploring ways to keep calm through the storm. Tan Sri Vigneswaran did not state that a general election should not be called. He very succinctly stated that holding the general elections until after the Covid cases are within check would be the best way forward. To do that, the answer is not a dissolution of parliament but a prorogation.
If prorogation is a subversion of democracy as Senator Liew Chin Tong projects, then why did the framers of our Constitution ensured its enshrined in the Federal Constitution?
Well, if Senator Liew is principle as his comment suggest, why is DAP so willing to work with their once enemy UMNO? Where are DAP’s principles? Is Senator Liew implying that principles held on to for decades can flouted, but principles of law provided for in the Constitution cannot be invoked in the best interest of the nation?
Senator Liew Chin Tong’s self-serving comment is unsubstantiated and exaggerated to camouflage the apparent advantages of calling for a prorogation in a Covid impacted nation.