Only the Agong’s speech when Dewan Rakyat convenes May 18

The move to have only a one-day sitting of the Dewan Rakyat has attracted criticism from the opposition.

PETALING JAYA: The Dewan Rakyat’s much anticipated one-day sitting next Monday will see only one item on the agenda: the royal address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff said he was informed of the changes by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

The new schedule sees the simultaneous opening of the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara on May 18. There will be no sittings.

“The amendment is in line with Rule 11(2) and 15(2) of the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders,” said Ariff.

Opposition leaders have criticised the move to limit the Dewan Rakyat sitting to a single day.

The May 18 session will be the first time MPs convene in Parliament since the change of government last March following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan administration.

The Dewan Rakyat was previously scheduled to sit for 15 days from May 18.

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