Political Funding Bill being studied

  • Nation
  • Friday, 08 Nov 2019

Reports by Martin Carvalho, Hemananthani Sivanandam and Rahimy Rahim

THE draft of the Political Funding Bill has been referred to Parliament’s Special Select Committee on Bill Consideration, the Dewan Rakyat was informed.

According to Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff, the committee would scrutinise the draft and make recommendations to improve the proposed Bill before the end of the second meeting of Parliament next year.

As the current Dewan Rakyat meeting ends on Dec 5.

The proposed law aims at curbing corruption by regulating political funding in a more transparent and accountable manner.

Also being proposed is that political parties be provided funds based on payment of RM10 for every vote obtained in the election.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said last month that the Bill was expected to be tabled next year.

He said it was apt for the Bill to be scrutinised by the bi-partisan committee as the proposed law involves political parties.

Separately, Mohamad Ariff rejected notices by Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) and Lukanisman Awang Sauni (GPS-Sibuti) to move a motion to cite Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik for misleading the Dewan Rakyat.

Shahidan and Lukanisman both wanted Maszlee to retract the word “gift”, which he used during Budget 2020 debates with regards to government allocation to upgrade a total of 37 dilapidated schools in Sarawak.

Mohamad Ariff said there was no intention by the minister or elements to mislead the House when he used the word with regard to the allocation.

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