Opposition MPs hold separate meeting to discuss Constitutional amendments

PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs held a separate meeting in preparation for the special Dewan Rakyat sitting to table amendments to the Federal Constitution to pave the way for the anti-hopping Bill to be tabled this July.

Transformation and Political Stability Steering Committee co-chairman Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail confirmed the meeting was held around the same time a briefing was held for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the matter.

“Yes, we were invited by the Prime Minister to attend the briefing.

“We had informed the Prime Minister that Pakatan Harapan would like to have its own separate briefing, as per usual practice before Parliament sits,” he said when contacted on Sunday (April 10).

The Prime Minister then confirmed that the Opposition were not boycotting and they would attend his buka puasa event.

The PKR secretary-general said that DAP Gobind Singh Deo gave the briefing.

Present at the meeting were Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.

Also invited by Pakatan to attend were Parti Pejuang Tanah Air president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Parti Ikatan Demokratik Malaysia (Muda) president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Earlier, Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun briefed Ismail Sabri including MPs and Senators on the proposed amendments to Article 10 of the Federal Constitution in Putrajaya at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

However, Pakatan held a separate briefing at a hotel in Putrajaya at about the same time, giving rise to speculation that it was a snub by the Opposition.

A Pakatan MP, who did not wish to be named, denied it was a snub.

He said the meeting was more towards the Opposition holding its own meeting to strategise for Monday’s special Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Amendments to Article 10 of the Federal Constitution will be tabled in Dewan Rakyat on Monday (April 11), and Dewan Negara on Tuesday (April 12).