Friday March 8, 2013
Emergency sitting on intrusion not necessary, says Junaidi
KUCHING: Deputy Parliament Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar does not see any need for an emergency Parliament sitting to discuss the intrusion by Sulu gunmen.
He said one would only be called if there was an urgency to compel the Government to do something.
“But in this case, our Government is already taking action. So, there is no reason to call for an emergency meeting,” he said yesterday, commenting on DAP’s call for one.
Besides, he said, the Opposition’s intention of calling for a meeting could be diverted to politicking instead of looking into the issue per se.
Wan Junaidi also said the Opposition lacked understanding about how the international community worked.
“We can’t just flush out the terrorists using military force and guns, we have a protocol to follow.”
He said the police were sent in first to investigate and hold a series of negotiation before the army could move in.
“We do not want to create war with our neighbour. If we use military first, we’ll end up quarrelling with the Filipinos.”
He added that the Government only exerted its authority in the last few days after the gunmen killed Malaysian policemen.
On a separate matter, Wan Junaidi felt that Dewan Rakyat might not be dissolved for the general election today or in the next few days.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had other immediate concerns to deal with.
“Besides, Najib has been very consistent whenever he was asked about the date of the polls. He has said that he wanted to ensure all development programmes in the country had been implemented.”
“So anything I say now will be speculative,” Wan Junaidi said.