State budget set for Nov 4

Asfia said the State Legislative Assembly sitting could be extended beyond 6.30pm if necessary.

KUCHING: The state budget is set to be tabled at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly’s upcoming sitting from Nov 4 to 13.

Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, who is also Finance and Economic Planning Minister, will table the budget for its first and second reading on Nov 4, with the third reading scheduled on Nov 13.

He said three new Bills would be introduced – the Strata (Subsidiary Titles) Bill by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; the Strata Management Bill by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian; and the Sarawak Heritage Bill by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Two amendment Bills will also be tabled, namely the Sarawak State Library (Amendment) Bill by Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Talib Zulpilip and the Natural Resources and Environment (Amendment) Bill by Awang Tengah, he told reporters after a pre-council meeting at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters here.

The Natural Resources and Environment (Amendment) Bill will be tabled and debated on Nov 4, while the other four Bills are scheduled for debate on Nov 5.

Asked if there would be sufficient time for so many Bills to be debated on the same day, Asfia said the sitting could be extended beyond 6.30pm if necessary.

He also said 371 questions had been accepted for oral and written replies from 48 assemblymen.

“The Chief Minister’s Department received the highest number of questions with 75, ” he added.

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