By : V. Vasudevan
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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will answer the first question when the Dewan Rakyat's historic live telecast of "Question Hour" begins on Wednesday.
And the honour of asking the question goes to Razali Ibrahim, the Barisan Nasional's MP for Muar.
Razali's question will be on the government's new approach towards improving the quality of life of the people, especially in strengthening their purchasing power, public security and ethnic integration.
Abdullah will take the floor again for question three and question five.
Question three will be from the new opposition leader, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and it is directed at Abdullah as the finance minister.
Her question will be on the finance minister's commitment on the implementation of open tenders which he had made after 100 days in office.
Question five will come from the former opposition leader, Lim Kit Siang, of DAP, the MP for Ipoh Timur.
Lim will ask the prime minister to outline the 10 steps the government will take in its quest for renewal and reform over the next 12 months.
Details of the first day's questions, and the questions which will be asked daily, have been sent to the 222 MPs since Monday.
The House reserves the right to change the order of the questions. This is usually done at the request of the government.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said yesterday he had received his copy of questions for the 14-day sitting on Monday.
"There are 72 questions for the first day's sitting.
"My question is the second question on May 22 and if the order is not changed, I will be asking it live on television," he said.
Fong said the current session is for 14 days and not all the MPs would be able to field questions during the 30- minute live telecast segment.
On the average, the House deals with 10 questions a day during "Question Hour". Those left unanswered will be given written replies.
April 29, 2008 15:17 PM
Abdullah To Attend 4th WIEF In Kuwait
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will attend the 4th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuwait that will be held from April 29 to May 1, 2008.
In a statement here Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Abdullah, who was expected to arrive in Kuwait tomorrow, was scheduled to address the forum on May 1.
The delegation would also include officials from the ministry and the Prime Ministers Department, it said.
The WIEF was evolved from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Business Forum that was held alongside the 10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference of the OIC held in Kuala Lumpur in 2003.
It provides a platform for leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss various economic issues affecting the ummah and the world.
The forum also provides a framework of cooperation between Muslims and non-Muslims around the world.
Abdullah would also have an audience with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and would call on his counterpart, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.