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PAKATAN MPS CALL FOR OPPOSITION LEADER'S ATTENDANCE IN PARLIAMENT
This is the 18th day of the imprisonment of the Leader of the Opposition, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Ordinary Malaysians in every corner of this country, the international community and we in Pakatan Rakyat are united in condemning his jailing and calling for his immediate release.
It must never be forgotten that Anwar Ibrahim led Pakatan Rakyat to win 52 percent of the popular vote in the last general election. Though in jail, he remains the voice and hope of the people.
Pursuant to Article 48 of the Federal Constitution, Anwar remains MP for Permatang Pauh and Federal Opposition Leader. This has been confirmed by the speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.
When parliament convenes on 9 March 2015, Anwar must be allowed to attend Parliament and carry out his duties as Opposition Leader. The rakyat expect this. Anwar's presence will ensure that the people's interests are vigorously fought for and safeguarded.
The position of Opposition Leader is legally and constitutionally recognised. It is an essential part of our system of parliamentary democracy. There must be no obstacles placed against the discharge of those duties.
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi has been formally asked to allow Anwar Ibrahim to attend the Parliament session on 9 March to 9 April. However, on 26 February 2015, Zahid made a statement claiming that it is the Attorney- General who must decide whether to allow this.
This is completely wrong and plainly an attempt to evade responsibility. The Prisons department is under the Home Ministry, and not the Attorney- General. Only the Home Minister/Government have the authority to release Anwar for parliamentary sessions. Zahid must agree to this and direct the prisons department accordingly.
This is a critical time for our nation, with a bleak economic outlook including fall in crude prices and the value of the ringgit. The leader of the opposition is needed at his post.
On 9th March, the King will address the Dewan Rakyat. On 10th March, the nation will want to see Anwar Ibrahim rise from his customary place in the opposition front bench and begin his debate on the royal address. In the interest of the rakyat, the government must ensure this debate takes place by allowing Anwar Ibrahim to attend the sitting.
Members of Parliament of Pakatan Rakyat
YB Nurul Izzah Anwar, Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai
YB Khalid Samad, Member of Parliament for Shah Alam
Deputy Whip, PAS
YB Teresa Kok, Member of Parliament for Seputeh
Deputy Whip, DAP
YB Chua Tian Chang, Member of Parliament for Batu
YB N Surendran, Member of Parliament for Padang Serai
27 February 2015