Dewan Rakyat to start tomorrow

PETALING JAYA: The Dewan Rakyat will start its third and longest meeting of the year tomorrow with a host of questions on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Out of the 41 questions listed on the Order Paper, 10 are specifically on Covid-19 while the rest deals with the financing and the impact of the movement control order (MCO).

Bersatu’s Sabak Bernam MP Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh will be asking the first question to the Prime Minister on the economic impact of the pandemic on the people, households as well as companies, plus measures to be undertaken by the government.

The meeting, which will run until Dec 15, also sees 25 no-confidence motions against the Prime Minister listed on the Order Paper from MPs from Pejuang, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Parti Warisan Sabah, Amanah, DAP and Sabah PKR.

However, there are also two motions submitted by PAS’ Pasir Puteh MP Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh and Barisan Nasional’s Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim in support of the Prime Minister.

All the motions are listed below the government Bills.

Shahidan, who is from Umno, has submitted 18 motions, which is the highest number of all. His subject matter ranged from unemployment to seeking stricter rules on foreigners who want to start a business in the country.

The motion from Tuaran MP Datuk Seri Madius Tangau is the longest – almost two pages – on the issue of identity cards and illegal immigrants in Sabah.

Other Covid-19 questions will come from, among others, Barisan Nasional’s Rompin MP and former Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin, PKR’s Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul, GPS’ Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, DAP’s Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun and Jerai MP Sabri Azit.

Also on the list are Padang Terap MP Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Besut MP Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming, Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang and Lahad Datu MP Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.

The meeting is also expected to see the tabling of two Bills from the Human Resources Ministry – amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and a Bill to abolish the Factory and Machinery Act.

Bills listed for second reading include amendments to the Poisons Act as well as the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill which were postponed from the last meeting.

The meeting will make way for Budget 2021 on Friday, which Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had previously explained that it would focus on additional measures to bring the people’s life back to normalcy after over months of battling Covid-19.

On Oct 28, the King called on all MPs, regardless of their political leanings, to stop squabbling and give full support to Budget 2021 for the people’s livelihood and to aid the recovery of the economy hit by Covid-19.

Check out tomorrow for interactive graphics highlighting key facts on Malaysia’s previous budgets.

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