New law to approve spending without being tabled

PETALING JAYA: All federal and state government supplementary allocations during the current state of emergency can be approved by the Treasury, chief ministers or mentris besar without it being tabled in the Dewan Rakyat or state assemblies.

The new amendment of the Emergency Ordinance 2021 was gazetted yesterday.

Under Section 10, it allows all allocations to be approved without being tabled in the Dewan Rakyat or state assemblies while the Treasury or heads of state government are empowered to endorse it.

On Jan 11, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah declared a nationwide Emergency to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Emergency is expected to end in August.

The parliament and state assemblies are suspended under the proclamation.

According to the Emergency (Essential Powers) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 passed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday, the new amendment also allows for withdrawals of Treasury Instructions or Treasury circulars.

This new section temporarily puts aside paragraph 4(b) of the Government Funding Act 1983 [Act 275] and the provision relating to the application of monies provided in paragraph 2(2)(b) of the Treasury Bills (Local) Act 1946 [Act 188], which required Dewan Rakyat or the state assembly to convene for the allocations and provisions to be approved.

The amendment was also published on the Attorney General Chambers’ website, stated it has been promulgated by the King on March 25.

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