Don’t go off-topic in Budget 2023 speeches, Deputy Speaker reminds MPs

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KUALA LUMPUR: As debates on Budget 2023 at the committee stage begins in Parliament, MPs were advised by Deputy Speaker Datuk Ramli Mohd Nor not to go off-topic in their respective speeches.

Ramli also said it was important for MPs to refer to specific points in Budget 2023 in their respective speeches.

“This always happens where MPs tend to stray from their topics.

“When debating in the committee stage, specific details of the ministries must be mentioned,” said Ramli in Parliament on Monday (March 13).

Ramli also told MPs not to repeat the same issues that they raised during policy stage debates on Budget 2023 and the debates on the motion of thanks for the Royal address.

“Because it will take time where the same story is repeated. Rhetorics,” added Ramli.

Ramli said committee stage debates on Budget 2023 involving 26 ministries will take place for 10 days beginning Monday (March 13) til March 28.

“Two or three ministries will participate each day and Parliament meetings will take place till night time. Be prepared.

“In this Ramadan month, we will try to end meetings by 11pm and the Parliament will be in session without adjourning until 1pm,” said Ramli.

Meanwhile, Ramli said each MP was allocated five minutes to debate and the Opposition leader can be given up to 10mins, depending on the prerogative of the speaker chairing the then session.

“Me and the Deputy Speaker will give as much time as possible for MPs to participate in debates,” said Ramli.

Ramli said for Monday (March 13), a total of 33 MPs were scheduled to deliver their speeches on debates on Budget 2023 at the committee stage in Parliament.

Budget 2023 was passed at the policy stage via a simple voice vote in Parliament last Thursday (March 9).

RM388.1bil was allocated in Budget 2023, with RM289.1bil for operating expenses, RM99bil for development spending, and RM2bil for contingencies.

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