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Parliamentary Session Adjourns Sine Die

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Third Meeting of the Third Session of the 13th Parliament, which convened on Dec 7 was adjourned sine die.

Throughout the 15-day session, several bills were approved, including the National Security Council (NSC) Bill 2015 and the Supply Bill 2016.

The Supply Bill 2016 seeks to provide a budget of RM267.22 billion for government expenditure next year while the NSC Bill provides for special powers to the special forces and security teams to control and coordinate government entities on operations concerning national security.

Other bills included the Finance Bill 2015, Employees Provident Fund (Amendment) Bill 2015, the Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Allied Health Professions Bill 2015.

The Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) (Amendment) Bill 2015 is aimed at enhancing resolution power and align certain provisions to maintain stability in the financial system.

The Employees Provident Fund (Amendment) Bill 2015 seeks to allow EPFcontributors to choose to have their account managed and invested in compliance with Syariah.

For the Allied Health Profession Bill 2015, the Act will be used to regulate a list of 23 allied health professions.

The Finance Bill 2015 touched on amendments on the Income Tax Act 1967, Real Property Gain Act 1976, Labuan Business Activity Tax Act, Goods and Services Tax Act 2014 and Promotion of Investment Act 1986.

Also approved was the Armed Forces Fund (Amendment) Bill 2015, which involved amendment to Section 6 (2) of the Armed Forces Fund Act 1973, seeking to exclude the Bank Negara Malaysia governor or deputy governor from the investment panel of the Armed Forces Fund Board.

During the session, Senate President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang rapped National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk S. Ambiga for using Parliament facilities without his permission.

He also denied a newspaper report which claimed that only six senators attended the debate sessions in Parliament and described the news as misleading and defamatory.

— BERNAMA

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