Monday, April 28, 2008

Dewan Rakyat - Day 1 : ICE BREAKER

Dewan Rakyat Convenes First Meeting, Pandikar Amin Sworn In As Speaker
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- The first meeting of the first session of the 12th parliament began today, with the swearing-in of the 222 members of parliament led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Before the MPs were sworn in, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, a veteran Sabah politician, took the oath of office and was proclaimed the Dewan Rakyat speaker. – MORE

Parliament opens, votes decide deputy speakers
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 - It was like the first day of school. Lawmakers in spiffy new clothes, mostly in suits, walking in smartly with either their spouses or parents or children, ready to be sworn in after the March 8 general elections.
With 99 new Members of Parliament and a record 82 on the Opposition bench, some MPs appeared lost looking for their place in the chamber while others exchanged stories with those who survived and kept their seats.
This is the second time the ruling Barisan Nasional and its predecessor, the Alliance, have had only a simple majority instead of a two-thirds majority since independence in August 1957.
But the first day of the 12th Parliament was sedate with veteran politician and Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Karpal Singh providing the only drama when he invoked the Parliament's Standing Orders to get MPs to hold their right hand while taking the oath.
Apparently one MP had failed to do so while taking the oath before Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia. Ironically, a wheelchair-bound Karpal sought dispensation to take his oath with his left hand. -- MORE

Parliament's First Session 0:35 mins 222 MPs sworn in as Parliament holds its first session on Monday. -- thestaronline

Malaysia's new lawmakers take oath
Malaysia's newly elected lawmakers took the oath of office in parliament on Monday after March 8 general elections which changed the political landscape.…
Abdullah was the first one to be sworn in parliament, followed by his deputy Najib Razak and other cabinet ministers.
"I, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, being chosen as a member of parliament, vow to honestly fulfil my obligations with all my strength.
"I pledge my true loyalty to Malaysia and vow to preserve, protect and defend the constitution," Abdullah, who wore a black and gold traditional Malay outfit, said.
King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin will officially open the first session of the 222-member parliament on Tuesday. –MORE

New MPs Upbeat About Duties
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- New members of parliament (MPs) are upbeat about their duties.Lenggong MP Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said he would defend government policies."This is the best opportunity for the MPs to speak in the interest of the people," he told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony here Monday.Labis MP Chua Tee Yong hoped to pick up the tricks of the trade from senior MPs by mingling with them on his first day in parliament."Initially, I'll observe the sitting especially the question-and-answer session before taking part in the debate," he said.For Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, she would use the sitting of parliament to voice out the grouses of her constituents."I'm ready to carry out the task entrusted on me. I will also raise issues affecting the younger generation and the need to improve the systems," she said.Titiwangsa MP Dr Lo'Lo Mohamad Ghazali said besides focusing on women's issues, she would also highlight the need to address urban poverty.-- BERNAMA

Police Asked To Ensure Smooth Traffic Flow To Parliament KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar wants police to ensure smooth traffic flow to the Parliament building here. -- MORE

Pandikar To Look Into Claims That Wan Azizah Not Invited To Parliament Opening
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- Newly sworn-in Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said Monday he would look into claims that Opposition Leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was not sent an invitation card for the opening the 12th Parliament Tuesday."If I think that this needs to be corrected, I will correct it. I've just been appointed speaker... but the invitations were sent out earlier. We will invite those who should be invited," he told reporters here Monday. -- MORE

Who did not vote for Tan Seng Giaw? - The election for the two posts of deputy speaker proceeded smoothly, but many were puzzled why DAP national deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw only managed to get 81 votes when there were 82 Opposition representatives in the Dewan Rakyat today. -- MORE

MP Bloggers @Work - thestaronline
New MPs Jeff Ooi and Tony Pua are famous for their blogs and both are committed to blogging while they are seated in the Dewan Rakyat.

Pakatan MPs usher new age in Malaysian politics
KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 (ES) - Parliamentarians from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition met at the onset of the new parliamentary sitting to begin on Wednesday expressed hope for a more democratic and a country that no longer being defined by communal interest.
The 82 PR parliamentarians from Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS), People's Justice Party (KeADILan) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) were today sworn in for a new sitting that promises to be "lively" and "historic". -- MORE

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