It doesn’t take rocket science to hold a virtual parliament, Yeo tells Khairy
Published 8:55 am
Modified 8:55 am
Former science minister Yeo Bee Yin has called on her successor Khairy Jamaluddin to step up and offer technological solutions so that Parliament can conduct a virtual sitting.
Yeo, who was energy, science, technology, environment and climate change minister in the Pakatan Harapan administration, asked why Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy was “extraordinarily silent” on advocating the use of technology in holding virtual parliamentary sitting in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“No rocket science is needed to operate parliament virtually. Zoom, Google, Microsoft and other technology companies already have existing solutions,” said Yeo, who is also Bakri MP.
“Parliament in many countries have started to operate virtually (fully or partially) not only in the developed countries like UK, Canada, Belgium, France, New Zealand and Luxembourg, but also in the developing countries like Poland, Maldives, Brazil, Angola and many others.”
She asked Khairy who has been promoting technology use in contact tracing, testing facilities and patient care, to look at the many technology solutions available to allow Parliament to “operate meaningfully – virtually, physically or a mix of both”.
“Since its infamous power grab, Covid-19 has been used as a grand excuse by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government for not holding any parliament session or parliamentary committee meeting as a proper democracy should.
“If Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the PN government are confident of the majority support and unafraid to face the check-and-balance by opposition MPs, there are Standing Orders that can be amended to allow this if needed,” she added.