THE law may be amended to specify that only the consort who holds the office of Raja Permaisuri Agong at the time a King dies in office will receive the rightful allowances and privileges throughout her life.
Amendments to the Istana Negara (Royal Allowances) Act, tabled for first reading yesterday, would be made retrospective to Nov 1, 2001.
The amendment would be debated during the current meeting.
A Bill that was debated yesterday was the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, which introduced a section that would allow enforcement officers from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to conduct “arrests without warrant” on piracy suspects.
In another development, the Finance Ministry stated that the Government had approved 69 licences for slot machines as of May this year.
The conditions for the licences were stringent, the ministry said. Among others, these companies must not operate near residential areas and the slot machines must be placed in a room away from public viewing.
In another statement, the Entrepreneur Development Ministry said seven Mara subsidiaries were closed down in 2001 to prevent further losses due to a lack of competitive edge. It said the companies that ceased operations accumulated losses of RM75.3mil last year.