Malaysian Police Block Opposition Lawmakers from Entering Parliament Amid COVID-19 Outbreak at the Building

Malaysian police have stopped a protest march to the Parliament lead by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after 11 COVID cases were reported in the building.

Ibrahim and the other lawmaker later regrouped at Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square after they were stopped by police.

“We are gathered here to say that, in terms of the numbers of MPs, Muhyiddin’s government has fallen today. Hence, with the 107 here today, plus them, the government has collapsed,” said Ibrahim.

Another opposition lawmaker, Datuk Seri Anwar tried negotiating with the police to allow them to go to Parliament but was also rejected.

Monday’s Parliamentary session was already called off after the 11 cases were found in attendees last week which Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob defended that was not due to the ongoing political tension.

The Malaysian Health Ministry advised the Parliament to cancel all sessions for at least two weeks as a safety precaution.

Last week, the session was also canceled after the king publicly criticized the government for misleading the house on the status of emergency pandemic laws.

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