No extra time to discuss certain motions

Yeoh said this has been the most number of suggested issues they have received for a sitting. - Filepic

SPECIFIC motions such as Oktoberfest and the Bebas Rasuah pledge will not be given additional time for debate during this state assembly sitting. 

All nine suggested motions raised by assemblymen were denied additional time by Selangor speaker Hannah Yeoh. 

Yeoh said this has been the most number of suggested motions they have received for a sitting. 

“I am rejecting all nine motions proposed by assemblymen because we need to focus on the Budget 2018 debate. 

“These assemblymen are from all parties. 

“During the next nine days of the sitting, there are many opportunities for the assemblymen to raise these motions during the policy debate session and Budget 2018 debate. 

“Some of the proposed motions such as the Bebas Rasuah pledge will already be raised during the 90-minute question-and-answer session while the issue of Oktoberfest was no longer relevant as it is November already. 

“It would be repetitive and a waste of time to give these motions additional time,” she said. 

The nine proposed motions were regarding a liquor ban by Dr Xavier Jeyakumar (PKR-Seri Andalas); village development by Mohd Haslin Hassan (PAS-Tanjung Sepat); strengthening Syariah Court institutions by Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Razak (BN-Permatang); Bebas Rasuah pledge by Datuk Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong); granting state land ownership to political parties by Lau Weng San (DAP-Kg Tunku); restoring the role of Yayasan Selangor by Datuk Abdul Shukur Idrus (BN-Kuang); declines in harvest and water cuts facing Sabak Bernam farmers by Ng Suee Lim (DAP-Sekinchan); Oktoberfest by Shahrum Mohd Sharif (BN-Dengkil); and licensing of entertainment centres by Datuk Amiruddin Setro (BN-Jeram).  

Yeoh encouraged the assemblymen to remain focused on the motions they want to raise during the debate session. 

“This is the longest state assembly sitting and there is ample time for them to raise these motions during the 10 to 20 minutes they will be given.

“Specific proposals on motions are usually done to gain the attention of the assembly or seek a resolution from the assembly.

“There is space to debate during the policy debate, especially if it is relevant to the Selangor Budget 2018. 

“For this sitting, firstly we have the policy and bills debate, after that they can discuss matters pertaining to specific agencies and then next week we will hear proposals on development, and the assemblyman can raise their motions during any point of these debate sessions,” she said.

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