KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 139 newly elected MPs, both veterans and first-time representatives, were briefed on matters and procedures relating to their duties in the Dewan Rakyat at Parliament House yesterday.
Parliament House head administrator Datuk Kamaruddin Mohd Baria and Dewan Rakyat secretary Roosme Hamzah gave the briefing in a two-hour closed-door session, the first ever to be held, at the Banquet Hall.
New MP for Sri Aman, Masir Ak Kujat, 53, said everything about Parliament affairs was new to him and he was glad that a special meeting was held for new MPs to help them understand parliamentary procedures.
The former civil servant from Sarawak said he had a lot to learn as a new member of the Parliament “family”.
Another new MP Lim Lip Eng (DAP – Segambut), said he was looking forward to the debates.
“I can’t wait for it to start. I have lots of questions. In fact, I want to ask more than the quota imposed during Question Time,” said the 36-year-old lawyer.
Veteran MP Datuk Abu Bakar Taib (BN – Langkawi), a former parliamentary secretary of the Agriculture Ministry (1999 to 2004) said it was the first such briefing to be held for the MPs.
Among those who attended were Khairy Jamaluddin (BN – Rembau), Liew Chin Tong (DAP – Bukit Bendera), Jeff Ooi (DAP – Jelutong), R. Sivarasa (PKR – Subang), Tian Chua (PKR – Batu), Dr Lo’Lo’ Ghazali (PAS – Titiwangsa), Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS – Kuala Krai).
On the proposal by the Opposition to appoint one of them as the Deputy Speaker, Permatang Pauh MP Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PAS and DAP would meet soon to discuss the position of Speaker and Deputy Speakers.
All MPs will be sworn in on April 28.
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