Sarawak Legislative Assembly Meets for One-Day Sitting
Tarikh : 11 May 2020  Sumber Berita: The Star

KUCHING: The Sarawak Legislative Assembly convened for a one-day sitting on Monday (May 11), with assemblymen wearing face masks and sitting a metre apart in the chamber.

There was no opening ceremony for the session due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar said the sitting was held to fulfil the state's constitutional requirement for the assembly to meet every six months.

"The last sitting was on Nov 13,2019. The state constitution compels the House to hold its meeting on May 11, two days before the expiry of the six-month period," he said when commencing the proceedings.

Asfia said necessary precautions were taken to ensure safety during the sitting, including providing face masks and hand sanitisers and observing social distancing.

He expressed appreciation to all frontliners, including doctors, nurses, enforcement personnel and the state disaster management committee, for working hard to contain the outbreak and keep Sarawakians safe.

The assembly observed a minute's silence to remember the victims of Covid-19 at the start of the session.

It subsequently passed two Supplementary Supply Bills tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also Second Finance Minister.

The Supplementary Supply (2019) Bill sought an additional RM299.17mil for expenditure on services not fully provided for in the 2019 state budget.

In the Supplementary Supply (2020) Bill, RM382.3mil was authorised for additional payments above the expenditure approved in the 2020 state budget.

The sitting was adjourned at about 10.40am, less than two hours after it started at 9am.