Pakatan reps rapped over failure to submit questions

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  • Monday, 03 Sep 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Sept -- Calon MCA bagi Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Balakong Tan Chee Teong bersama Naib Presiden MCA Datin Chew Mei Fun (kiri) pada sidang media pada kempen bagi PRK DUN Balakong hari ini.Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menetapkan tarikh 8 September sebagai hari mengundi bagi PRK DUN Balakong dan Seri Setia Selangor.--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

BALAKONG: Pakatan Harapan assemblymen in Selangor have neglected their responsibility by failing to submit questions to the state legislative assembly which meets today, said Tan Chee Teong (pic).

The MCA candidate for the Balakong by-election said claims the assemblymen missed the deadline because they were inexperienced, was unacceptable.

“All assemblymen will receive a meeting notice with the relevant documents, including the ap­­pli­­cation steps and deadline,” he said.

“An assemblyman’s ba­­sic duty is to raise questions in the state assembly, to debate, and table bills,” said Tan during a press conference here yesterday.

Oriental Daily reported that assemblymen had submitted only 420 questions, a 40% dip from the previous number of over 700 submitted questions.

It reported that all five opposition assemblymen – four from Umno and one from PAS – had submitted questions.

However, many of the 50 Pakatan assemblymen had failed to do so.

The report quoted Selangor speaker Ng Suee Lin saying that many of Pakatan assemblymen missed the deadline to submit their questions as they were new and unfamiliar with the process.

Tan claimed the Pakatan Harapan state government was too strong and their lawmakers had become complacent.

It looks like they failed to be the voice of the people and neglected the importance of the state legislative assembly, he said.

With Pakatan winning 51 of the 56 state seats in Selangor in the 14th General Election, Tan said there was a need for more opposition assemblymen to make the state government accountable.

“A healthy two party system will ensure check and balance between the government and the opposition in the state assembly,” Tan said.

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