Last Bill in Dewan Rakyat withdrawn, MPs ask if Parliament to be dissolved

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  • Wednesday, 04 Apr 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The last Bill in the Dewan Rakyat's Order Paper was withdrawn on Wednesday (April 4), prompting speculation that Parliament will be dissolved for the coming elections.

However, Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said announced that the House will meet on Thursday (April 5) as usual.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Razali Ibrahim had tabled a motion to withdraw the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill 2018, which was number three in the Order Paper.

This announcement caught several Opposition lawmakers off guard, prompting a few of them to clarify if the House will sit on Thursday.

Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) candidly asked: "Is the Parliament dissolved tomorrow? Must we come tomorrow to Parliament?"

G. Manivannan (PKR-Kapar) meanwhile asked: "Is there Parliament tomorrow?"

Earlier in the day, the House passed a motion to only adjourn for the day after all three Bills in the Order Paper are passed.

The two Bills that were passed on Wednesday were the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill 2018 and Fire Services (Amendment) Bill 2018.

There is also a motion by the Finance Ministry on the provisions of the Financial Procedure Act 1957 that needs to be debated and passed.

It is understood that it will be debated and passed on Thursday.

The current Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara sessions are scheduled to end on Thursday.

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