Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has questioned when will the Parliament reconvene, now that the country has moved out of the full movement control order (MCO) category to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a Facebook post last night, the Bagan Datuk MP stressed that the Parliamentary sitting should resume for the sake of the people and the country.

"Thank God, inter-district travel will be allowed from March 5, except in Sabah, while inter-state travel is still banned.

"Hope this loosening of restrictions will help those affected by it," he wrote, citing those in the tourism industry as an example.

Despite the relaxation of restrictions, Zahid urged all parties to continue to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set, as the risk of contracting COVID-19 is still high, despite the ongoing vaccination programme.

"Since all states are now out of MCO, I wonder when the Parliament can reconvene.

"The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has decreed that assumptions that the Emergency Proclamation prevents Parliament from convening is inaccurate.

"Our ministers please 'move on'. Let (the Parliament) sit for the sake of the people, and the country. We are a democratic country after all," wrote Zahid.

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Posted by Zahid Hamidi on Tuesday, 2 March 2021

The relationship between Umno and Bersatu, both of which make up the ruling Perikatan Nasional, have been lukewarm lately, after the former accused the latter of sidelining it in the country's administration.

Bersatu is led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Last Wednesday, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah decreed that Parliament could reconvene even during the Emergency period, upon the advice of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

On January 12, the Agong consented to a state of Emergency in the country until August 1, or until the current wave of Covid-19 subsides.

Following the declaration, Muhyiddin said in a televised address that there will be no curfew imposed and the government, as well as economic activities, will proceed as usual.

The Parliament and state assemblies will not function, and no elections will be held during the emergency, he had said.

Muhyiddin's critics have claimed that the emergency proclamation was his attempt to cling to power, amid weakening parliamentary support for his government. The premier currently has a slim majority support from 111 MPs out of 220 MPs in the August House.