pix: BATU MP Tian Chua (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) and Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Umno), no strangers to speaking their minds and taking their causes to the streets, have another thing in common. They are newly-elected people’s representatives and will be making their Dewan Rakyat debut this month. They joined other MPs for orientation at Parliament House yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR (April 3, 2008): Members of the 12th Parliament had an orientation today to familiarise themselves with the law-making proceedings in the Dewan Rakyat.
It was the first time that such an orientation has been held as nearly half of the MPs are first-timers.
All the 136 backbenchers and opposition MPs - the Cabinet members were not included -were briefed for over two hours about their rights and benefits as MPs.
A photo session was also held before the briefing.
The election results have created several firsts in the Dewan Rakyat. It will have:
>> the largest number of first-time MPs - 99 or 45% of the total number of MPs.
>> the largest number of opposition members - 82 of the 222 MPs are from opposition parties.
>> the first mother-and-daughter team of MPs - Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Pantai Dalam).
>> the first woman Opposition Leader - Wan Azizah.
In a press conference after the briefing, he said he would accept the offer to be the Speaker again should he be nominated and re-elected. "But it’s up to the MPs to pick their Speaker and Deputy Speaker," he said.
Ramli said all nominations for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker should be submitted to Parliament two weeks before the session on April 28.
On whether he expected more heated debates in the House, Ramli quipped: “I really don’t know what will happen."
He advised the MPs to be more polite when taking part in the debates.
"They should avoid making sexist remarks or use words that hurt the feeling of others,” he said.
Earlier, Ramli received a courtesy call from Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and other DAP leaders and MPs.
Wan Azizah, when met after the briefing, said Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will have its first secretariat meeting on Monday (April 7).
It would discuss, among others, the coalition's candidates for Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
However, she declined to name the candidates. How much an MP gets
Salary: RM6,508 (tax-free)
RM1,200 monthly driver's fee
RM1,500 monthly entertainment allowance
RM 900 monthly phone bill allowance
RM5,000 computer allowance per term
RM1,500 handphone allowance every three years
RM 300 daily meeting allowance (RM100 for food and other expenses)
Updated: 07:58PM Thu, 03 Apr 2008
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