“No-show again”: Fahmi rues top opposition leaders’ absence during MQT

MINISTER Fahmi Fadzil has lambasted opposition leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and his Perikatan Nasional (PN) colleagues Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang for skipping the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQ) in Dewan Rakyat this morning.

In a social media post, the Communications and Digital Minister uploaded a photograph of the three opposition lawmakers’ empty seats in the Dewan Rakyat and questioned their absence.

According to the Lembah Pantai MP, the PMQ session scheduled today would be the best opportunity for Opposition MPs to solicit answers from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“This morning, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will answer questions about the official visit to China’s outcome; vaping issues; and contract doctor issues.

“Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof were also present,” he wrote on social media, referring to the deputy prime ministers.

“Unfortunately, once again Hamzah, Muhyiddin and Abdul Hadi were not present and did not ask any questions. A PMQ session is held every Tuesday. This is the best opportunity for the Opposition to raise questions, confront, and face the prime minister,” he added.

This was not the first time the trio were absent from the session.

The PMQ was first introduced in Dewan Rakyat in this sitting, and has been held since February.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to respond to questions regarding liquid products used in electronic cigarettes or vape, as well as on the service of medical contract officers today, which is the last day sitting of the Dewan Rakyat for this session.

According to the Order Paper on the official Parliament website, the question about vape, regarding the government’s justification for removing liquid and gel nicotine products used in electronic cigarettes from the Poisons Act 1952 will be raised by Kuala Langat MP Datuk Ahmad Yunus Hairi.

Meanwhile, the matter about contract medical officers will be raised through a question by Tuaran MP Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

Elsewhere, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun wants the Prime Minister to state the positive outcome of his maiden visit to China recently in terms of economy and investment opportunities, as well as the benefits for Malaysians. – April 4, 2023


Main pic credit: Twitter/Fahmi Fadzil

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