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Parliament: 16 ministers scheduled to wind-up debate on Royal Address Wednesday (Sept 22)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Sixteen ministers are expected to wind-up the debate on the motion of thanks for the Royal Address on behalf of their respective ministries in Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 22).

According to the Order of the Dewan Rakyat meeting, the winding-up will be by, among others, the Defence Ministry, Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, Education Ministry, Works Ministry and the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

Meanwhile, during the Oral Question and Answer session, the issues to be raised will include the minimum wage review, cases involving violation of the status of food and halal products and on youth employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will also be a question by Nurul Izzah Anwar (PH-Permatang Pauh) to the Human Res

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Effectiveness of Covid-19 assessment centres among issues to be raised in Parliament Wednesday (Sept 22)

KUALA LUMPUR: The effectiveness of Covid-19 assessment centres and the mental health of police personnel are among issues to be raised in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (Sept 22).

Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (PN-Sabak Bernam) will be asking Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin about the effectiveness of the Covid-19 assessment centres set up nationwide.

Khairy will also be questioned by Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PH-Kapar) on the status of government's hospital equipment used to treat Covid-19 patients since the pandemic outbreak.

On the other hand, Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat (GPS-Betong) wants Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin Hamzah to state the actions taken against those behind the smuggling of illegal immigrants into Sarawak.


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Health Ministry should take over management of MySejahtera app, says PAC chairman

KUALA LUMPUR: The management and maintenance of the MySejahtera app should be taken over by the Health Ministry, says Wong Kah Who.

The Ipoh Timur MP said this after learning that the government would now have to pay for this MySejahtera app although it was developed for free.

"We were told that the MySejahtera app would be developed for free through corporate social responsibility (CSR) at no cost to the government when asked during a Dewan Rakyat meeting in March last year.

"But today (Sept 21), a written reply was given by the government saying that the CSR agreement expired on March 31, 2021.

"This means that the government had to pay the app's developers beginning April 1 this year," he said when debating the motion of thanks on the Roy

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Over RM1mil spent on renovations, new furniture for PM’s Department

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya has spent more than RM1mil on the offices of ministers and deputy ministers at the Prime Minister's Department.

In a Parliamentary reply, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that a total of RM1,073,580 was spent on renovations and also to replace old furniture using three contractors.

The total sum consists of renovations costing RM145,977 and new furniture coming up to RM254,733 at the offices of ministers and deputy ministers under the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak affairs), with contracts going to Sega Elektrik Sdn Bhd.

Another RM380,000 was spent on renovations and RM90,000 to replace old furniture at the de facto law minister's office, with contracts going to Puncak Interaktif Sdn Bhd. Read More »

Parliament debates stretch into night time on Tuesday (Sept 21)

PETALING JAYA: The Parliament sitting has stretched into night time here on Tuesday (Sept 21).

Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said he was listening to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Wong Kah Woh, who was the last debater on the royal address of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Tuesday.

The Ayer Hitam MP also took the chance to take a photo with three other "loyal" seat mates, National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamad Sadique, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Special Functions) Datuk Mastura Md Yazid and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin.

"Listening to the debates by PAC chairman and Ipoh Timur MP YB Wong Kah Woh, who is also the last debater on the

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Reveal data showing MM2H participants are security threats, says Hannah Yeoh

PETALING JAYA: There is no data to show that Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) scheme participants were "security threats" as claimed by the Home Minister, says Hannah Yeoh.

The Segambut MP said that the Home Ministry had not justified its review of the MM2H scheme and that it should not penalise all MM2H participants over claims that some were involved in crime.

"Out of all your applicants, how many in the last five years have been involved with crime in Malaysia and any charges made, because these are not secrets and are known to all ministries.

"So, take action on those cases but don't generalise the entire programme," she was quoted as saying by Malay Mail in a joint press conference with Malaysia My Second Home Consultants Association (MM2HCA) and

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Cost of performing Haj to increase due to inflation, Saudi Arabia’s regulations

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama): The cost of performing the Haj is expected to increase due to the inflation rate as well as the latest regulations which have been set by the Saudi Arabian government, especially following the introduction of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk Shaary said this included the PCR testing and vaccination required to enter Saudi Arabia as well as the capacity limits in buses, accommodation and tents during the Haj ritual.

"Tabung Haji will inform the cost for the 2022 Haj season when everything is finalised," he said during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat, on Tuesday (Sept 21).

He was res

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Lack of quorum forces temporary halt to Dewan Rakyat proceedings

KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat proceedings were temporarily halted due to a lack of quorum in the House.

The incident occurred just after lawmakers were supposed to continue with debates on the Royal Address after the lunch break on Tuesday (Sept 21).

Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) stood up at the start of proceedings to inform Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon that there was a lack of quorum in the House.

Mohd Rashid ordered a head count where it was revealed that there were only 19 lawmakers present.

The Deputy Speaker then ordered the bell to be rung for two minutes to get more lawmakers into the August Hall.

"A count was carried out and there are now 27 lawmakers which is more than the 26 quorum needed to proceed," Mohd R

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Covid-19 issues, Undi18 to be raised in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Sept 21)

KUALA LUMPUR: The nationwide vaccination programme, face masks and the rollout of Undi18 are among the issues that will be raised in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Sept 21) when lawmakers continue debates on the Royal Address.

Datuk Zakaria Mohd Edris (PN-Libaran) wants Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba to reveal the amount of money spent on the nationwide vaccination programme.

Zakaria is asking for the details of the expenditure based on each vaccination centre set up for the purpose.

Additionally, Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) wants to know if the government has any plans to lower the ceiling price for Covid-19 self-test kits which are currently priced at RM19.90 per kit.

He is raising the issue with Domestic T

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PAC should scrutinise national 5G rollout, says Syed Saddiq

KUALA LUMPUR: A lawmaker has called for Parliament's bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to scrutinise the nation's 5G rollout plan.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent-Muar) made the proposal, saying this need to be done as a huge sum of money would be spent to develop the infrastructure.

"I suggest that the PAC looks into this," he said, questioning also why the project was given to a single body, National Digital Berhad (NDB) to handle.

He said that previously, the development of the 4G broadband was given to several companies to develop. He noted this resulted in revenue of between RM4bil to RM11bil for the government, which was later used to develop rural Internet infrastructure.

"Now, instead the government will have to

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