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Azalina: AG should attend special sitting to answer on emergency ordinances

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Modified 21 Jul 2021, 4:36 am

Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Azalina Othman Said has proposed that Attorney-General Idrus Harun be present during the upcoming special Parliament sitting.

This was so he could take questions on emergency ordinances.

In a lengthy statement today, she opined that Idrus was duty-bound to do so due to his role as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the cabinet’s legal adviser.

“Ideally, the AG should also participate in the upcoming special sitting. The MPs have questions unanswered [...]

“The AG is not only the legal adviser to the cabinet of ministers but is also the legal adviser to the Agong, who, together with both Upper and Lower Houses, constitute Parliament.

“Presently, the AG is not legally required to answer directly to Parliament. In lieu of that, who will justify the rationale of the ordinances...

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