KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Parliament on both sides of the political divide have hailed the Government’s decision to withdraw six Bills from being tabled for second reading in the current sitting.
Datuk Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) said there was not enough time to table other Bills which contained the amendments.
“These Bills should be given priority as they should come into effect on Jan 1, so there will be no time for the others,” he said.
Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad (PAS-Kuala Terengganu) called it a good decision as it would give more time for MPs to study the Bills.
“The withdrawal is necessary not just because we need more time to debate the Bills in Parliament, but because we need to be able to digest the contents and look at them from all angles.
“These Bills are not something to be rushed, as they involve people’s freedom, life and future,” he said.
Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) noted that more time was necessary so there would be a lower chance of oversight when debating the Bills.
“If we rush, there is a chance that MPs might be forced to support the Bills which may contain amendments that are against the current sentiments,” he said.
G. Manivanan (PKR-Kapar) and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil) called on the Government to engage appropriate stakeholders through a select committee to study the Bills before the next Parliament sitting.
Datuk Seri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjong Karang) described the withdrawal of the Bills as reflective of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s openness to hearing the rakyat’s voice.
“It also means MPs have more time to prepare their speeches for debate on the six Bills,” he said.