KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat sitting this morning was delayed by two minutes as the number of MPs present did not meet the quorum set.
The motion for lack of quorum was raised by Lipis MP Abdul Rahman Mohamad from Barisan Nasional (BN), when Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof invited Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik to reply to the first oral question from Hassan Bahrom (PH-Tampin).
“Yang Berhormat Mr Speaker, it appears there is insufficient quorum,” Rahman said.
When Ariff counted the number of MPs present, he found only 24 in the hall.
He then directed the sergeant-at-arms to ring the bell again, to remind MPs to enter the hall and attend the meeting.
After the bell was sounded, four more MPs entered the hall to attend the session.
According to Dewan Rakyat Meeting Standing Order Number 13 (1), the quorum for Council and Committee Meetings must be 26 MPs not including the chairman.
In a Facebook post this morning, Subang MP Wong Chen said: “We need 26 (MPs) to proceed. The sitting was suspended for two minutes… the proceedings then continued with 28 MPs this morning with only one minister present and five deputy ministers. The government needs to buck up.”