Friday, May 30, 2008

Dewan Rakyat: 1st sitting, 1st term - Lively but overall smooth sitting of the House

source: bernama via themalaysianinsider ; pix: nst
KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 ─ The first sitting for the first term of the Dewan Rakyat, which began on April 28 and ended yesterday, generally went well despite some disruptions at times, Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said.
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, he said the disruptions were caused by some members who were adamant to speak and raised issues that led to verbal tiffs among them.
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said the presence of the opposition members was noticeable this time but lamented that many of them failed to follow the rules on the order of the House.
Abu Seman's view was shared by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who fould the opposition members to be concerned with trivial matters.
"Sometimes, this prevented us from discussing more serious matters which concern the people," he said.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who is in his fifth term as a MP, said there had never been so many people present in the Parliament building when the House held its sittings.
"There were always many people at the hall and various activities were being held, unlike previously. This is a good development," he added.
He said that the half an hour live telecast of the Parliament sitting by Radio Televisyen Malaysia gave the opposition members the opportunity to show off their "act".
He also said that the quality and contents of the matters discussed this time were more indepth.
Opposition leader and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail, who is Permatang Pauh MP, said the Speaker did a good job by giving opposition members the opportunity to participate in the debate. ─ Bernama

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