GPS, Speaker must respect DUN, adopt good practices


Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING (February 13): The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPs) government and DUN Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar must show respect to the institution of the State Legislative Assembly by adopting the best practices of parliamentary democracy, says DAP Sarawak President Chong Chieng Jen. .

In response to Asfia’s announcement yesterday that five bills would be tabled at next week’s special sitting, he raised the question as to why opposition MPs had not received any bills at submit during the session.

“Yesterday, Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah indicated that there would be ‘interesting bills’ to be tabled at the next DUN session, but he has refused to disclose the contents of these bills. This means that copies of the bills are ready, but the government has refused to give notice or more time for MPs to read the bills before debates. .

“Today, the President held a press conference to announce that five bills will be tabled at the next session. The speaker had time to issue a press release but no time to send the invoices to ADUN.

Was the content of the bills deliberately hidden from opposition ADUNs until the last minute,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Chong said basic principles of parliamentary democracy dictate that elected representatives should be given ample time to consider all bills to be introduced and do appropriate research before debating those bills.

With the sitting starting on Monday and debates on the bills due to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, but copies of the bills are not sent to MPs before the sitting, he said the GPS government was depriving MPs of enough time to go through the bills before the debates on them begin.

“Is the GPS government, with its majority of 76 ADUN, now treating the DUN with such disdain and like a rubber stamp of the executive?

“With its super majority of 76 ADUN in DUN, the GPS government can now easily bulldoze all the bills it deposits in DUN without much hassle.

“We should not allow the arrogance of this majority of 76 in DUN to destroy the integrity and sanctity of Malaysia’s oldest legislative body, the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN),” he said. declared.


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