Four motions received for next week’s state assembly session

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  • Saturday, 03 Nov 2018

Abang Johari (in baju Melayu) arriving at PBB headquarters for a meeting ahead of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly session which starts on Monday. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: A motion proposing that ministers pay RM10 for each day of delay in answering questions after the last sitting day is set to be raised in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.

Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar said the motion, submitted by Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon, sought to require ministers to answer all questions, whether for oral or written replies, on or before the last day of each current session.

“Ministers who fail to reply in time are to contribute RM10 for each day of delay to a charitable organisation nominated by the member,” he told reporters after Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) pre-council meeting chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here yesterday.

Asfia said this was one of four motions he had received for the coming state assembly session, which runs from Monday (Nov 5) to Nov 14.

He said a motion from Pelawan assemblyman David Wong sought to amend the Standing Orders to ensure the state legislature’s independence from interference by the executive branch, for the Public Accounts Committee to be chaired by an Opposition member and to implement a system of constituency development funds for all assemblymen.

Two motions from Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How seek to refer Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing’s statements about the proposed second trunk road project to the committee of privileges, and to ask Utilities Minister Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi for a factual disclosure on the safety of the Bengoh dam.

Asfia said the state budget will be the only Bill to be tabled in the coming session.

It will tabled by Abang Johari for first and second readings on Monday, with the third reading scheduled on the final day.

Asfia also said 367 questions had been received for oral and written replies from 47 assemblymen.

“The Chief Minister’s Department received the highest number of questions at 68,” he said.

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