KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A grand total of 90 lawmakers will make their MP debut during the first meeting of first term of the 14th Parliament next month, the highest number in Dewan Rakyat history.
“July 16 will be a day that will go down in history. The Parliament landscape will be very different because we will be seeing senior parliamentarians alongside those who are very, very young, such as Batu MP P. Prabakaran, who is still a student,” said Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah at a briefing session for MPs on Tuesday.
Roosme said the briefing was essential for the new MPs to understand Parliament rules, especially those that revolve around Question Time and how Bills are tabled in the Lower House.
The upcoming Parliament meeting, which begins on July 16 and will last for 20 days, will also witness the comeback of 11 ex-parliamentarians alongside 121 MPs from the 13th Parliament who were successfully re-elected in the 14th general election on May 9.
Roosme also said the briefing contained information on how to prepare for the first meeting, during which the Dewan Rakyat speaker will be elected, followed by the swearing-in ceremony of all 222 MPs.
Asked on the candidate for Speaker, Roosme said so far no motion had been received from the Government, but it should be submitted within 14 days before Parliament reconvenes.
On the seating arrangements for lawmakers, she said that will be determined after all ministers and deputy ministers have been sworn in.
“After that we can decide on the arrangements, such as placing the Government MPs on the right and the Opposition MPs on the left,” she said.
Roosme also said that lawmakers must submit their questions for the Question Time before June 29 (Friday). – Bernama