Failing to obey Agong on Parliament reopening is lèse-majesté, Guan Eng tells law minister

De facto law minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hasan should abide by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s wishes and push for Parliament’s reopening under the Emergency instead of delaying it, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today.

(MMO) – The Opposition lawmaker said failure to do is tantamount to lèse-majesté, though Malaysian laws do not make disobeying the King an offence.

“Takiyuddin should perform his duties according to the rule of law and not act contrary to the Federal Constitution and the wishes of the King,” the Bagan MP said in a statement.

Lim who is also DAP secretary-general took the PAS minister to task in insisting that all is well under the Perikatan Nasional government, arguing otherwise.

“First, how can the government be functioning well when only two out of the three branches of the Federal Constitution, namely the Executive and the Judiciary, are allowed to operate?

“Two, unlike other previous Emergency Proclamation in 1969, no King had ever issued a public statement that Parliament is not suspended and can still be convened. Our present King has declared that the present Emergency Proclamation only deals with the Covid-19 public health crisis and does not prevent Parliament from meeting and functioning normally. Failing to obey the King is a clear act of lèse-majesté,” Lim said.

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