KUALA LUMPUR: A hybrid parliament meeting could be held at the end of August or the first week of September, said the heads of Malaysia’s Upper and Lower Houses.
In a statement on Friday (Jun 25), Senate President Ratis Yatim and House of Representatives Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun said a special steering committee set up by the parliament office has looked into the technologies and methodologies required for hybrid proceedings.
“In general, a hybrid meeting will involve the physical presence of at least 26 Members of Parliament (MPs) to fulfill the quorum requirements in the House of Representatives and 10 senators in the Senate,” the statement read.
“The rest have the option of attending in person (based on meeting requirements set by the National Security Council or Health Ministry at the time of the meeting) or online,” it added.
While the committee is committed to ensuring that the hybrid meetings are ready to be held as soon as possible, both leaders said preparations are needed in terms of legislation, management, technical capabilities and others.
Should all legal issues be ironed out by the end of July, a special parliament meeting could be held in early August to approve the measures of a hybrid parliament meeting, the statement read.