KUALA LUMPUR – The Dewan Rakyat adjourned sine die after sitting for 20 days since March 6.
During the first meeting of the fifth session of the 13th Parliament, the Dewan Rakyat passed 13 bills.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the sitting this time around made history when it convened almost 20 hours yesterday.
“As the minister who is responsible in matters pertaining to the Parliament, I thanked members of Parliament (MPs) who have debated and showed maturity in voicing out the people’s plight in a professional manner,” she said in a statement here today.
The bills approved included the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017, Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2017, Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the Self-Employment Social Security Bill 2017.
Also approved were the Tourism Tax Bill 2017, Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017, Labuan Business Activity Tax (Amendment) Bill 2017, Supplementary Supply Bill (2016) 2017, Judges’ Remuneration (Amendment) Bill 2017, Strategic Trade (Amendment) Bill 2017, Private Higher Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill 2017, Weights and Measures Ammendment Bill 2017 and the Courts (Modes of Commencement of Civil Actions) Bill 2016.
Azalina said the government would remain committed to ensure the ever growing democracy process of the country.
“I hope all MPs can uphold Dewan Rakyat as a respectable legislative body,” she said.
The minister also expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, his deputies, as well as all officers and security personnel who helped ensure a smooth proceeding.
According to the Parliament’s website, the Dewan Rakyat sitting will resume on July 24. – BERNAMA