Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Some Adjustments at DUN Sitting

There will be some adjustments at the 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting from May 11 to 22 following Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg’s announcement of his new state cabinet line-up on Saturday.

DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said the adjustment is necessary as the new cabinet line-up involved the appointment of the state’s third deputy chief minister, two full ministers and two assistant ministers.

“So, the winding-up addresses will change this DUN sitting. Previously, at times one minister will do winding-up for three ministries or several portfolios.

“This time, it is all laid down in a structured way whereby the newly appointed ministers will give their winding-up addresses according to protocol,” he told a press conference after the state Barisan Nasional (BN) pre-council meeting which was chaired by Abang Johari at PBB headquarters here yesterday.

In the major state cabinet reshuffle, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan was appointed Deputy Chief Minister while Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong would be heading the new Ministry of International Trade and E-Commerce and new Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research respectively.

In addition, new faces Snowdan Lawan was appointed Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports while Abdullah Saidol is now Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs.
On the eight-day DUN sitting which starts this Thursday, Asfia said it will see the tabling of the Supplementary Supply (2016) Bill 2017 by Wong, who is Second Finance Minister.

“The first reading will be on May 12 followed by the second and third readings on May 16.”
He also revealed that eight motions filed by six elected representatives will be tabled on May 12.

“The first motion is from Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How on the citizens-initiated referendum which is a direct democracy based on a Swiss model where there are referenda.

“Then, you have two motions from Pelawan assemblyman David Wong Kee Woan where in his first motion, he is seeking for the removal of restrictive standing orders to create impartiality by the Speaker; for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman to be from the opposition; for questions by elected representatives whether oral or written be given with answers; for the scraping of the constituency development fund for elected representatives; for live TV telecast of DUN sitting; and for the sitting to be increased to three,” he said.

“In his second motion, he is asking that appointed community leaders must not belong to any political party and if they do, they must resign; community leaders must be able to speak in English; they must be stationed in the district or Resident’s office in rotation; and appointment must be through the recommendation of non-governmental organisations (NGO) such as the United Chinese Association,” he said.

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