New Bill on water resources to be tabled in upcoming Perak state assembly

IPOH: A new Bill on water resources will be tabled during the upcoming Perak state assembly sitting here.

Perak Speaker Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid said the Water Resources Enactment will be tabled by state water committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin during the sitting that would be held from Sept 25 to 27.

Mohammad Zahir said the enactment would replace the Water Enactment passed before Independence and the Coastal Management Enactment gazetted in 2016.

"As plenty of developments have occurred since, the Water Resources Enactment will be updated.

"It will supersede the previous Water Enactment, while the Coastal Management Enactment will also be revoked," he said in a press conference here on Thursday (Sept 21).

"It can be used for tourism, agriculture and industry development," he added.

Mohammad Zahir said state assemblymen from the state government side and the Opposition would be allowed time to debate the new Bill.

"Mohammad Nizar will have an hour to wind up his speech on the Bill," he said.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Zahir said all state assemblymen would be given laptops to ease their work.

He said it was one of the state's initiatives to move towards digitalisation and a paperless state assembly sitting.

"There is an e-Dewan system installed in the laptop, where assemblymen can find the respective state enactments or Standing Orders for reference.

"They can also use the laptop in their respective state committee meetings via Zoom if they are late or unable to attend or for other related matters," he said, adding that the state assembly sitting would also be shown live on YouTube or Facebook.

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