Sabah assembly approves Bill on temporary measures to reduce Covid-19 impact

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah state assembly has approved the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Covid-19 Bill 2020.

The Bill modifies provisions on certain enactments or ordinances, and is aimed at helping the people amid the pandemic.

State Local Government and Housing Minister and Second Finance Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, when reading the Bill, said it allows for temporary relief for the people from certain legal responsibilities until a stipulated time.

“It is an enactment to provide temporary measures to reduce the Covid-19 impact, including to modify relevant provisions in the Land Ordinance, the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Enactment, the Islamic Family Law Enactment 2004, the Syariah Court Civil Procedure Enactment 2004, and the Native Courts Enactment, ” he said when describing the Bill.

The amendments include housing property buyer-seller agreements where developers cannot charge late payment fees if the buyer fail to make instalments from March 18 to Dec 31 this year.

The purchaser can also ask for an extension which, if accepted, no late payment fees are charged until March 31,2021, he added.

Other amendments include provisions on the registration of overseas marriages for Sabah residents and registration of divorces outside court whose deadline ended between March 18 and Dec 31, where the timeline is extended until March 31 next year.

Answering a question from Kapayan assemblyman Jannie Lasimbang (DAP) on why March 31 was selected as the deadline for extension, Masidi said they anticipated that things would be back to normal by then, but another extension of time can be considered if necessary.

The state assembly earlier also passed the RM4.3bil state budget for 2021 after the second and third readings.

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