Speaker: Three Bills to be tabled in upcoming DUN sitting
Tarikh : 15 May 2022  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online
By Marilyn Ten on May 15, 2022, Sunday at 2:33 PM Sarawak

Asfia (centre) goes through a document on DUN Sitting with Idris (left) and Pele. – Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING (May 15): Three Bills will be tabled at the 19th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Sitting which starts from May 17 to 26, says DUN Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohammad Asfia Awang Nassar.

He said two of the Bills namely the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and Forests (Amendment) Bill, 2022, are being introduced for the first time in Malaysia.

“These two Bills, which are related in more ways than one, have never been done before. They have wide implications and this is the first time for any state in Malaysia to introduce these Bills.

“We congratulate our Premier of Sarawak for his foresight with ideas and concept on these Bills as well as Dato Sri JC Fong, being the state legal advisor and former attorney-general who worked hand-in-hand with the current State Attorney-General’s Office to come up with the Bills,” he told a press conference after the pre-council meeting at PBB headquarters here today.

He said the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2022 will be tabled by Deputy Minister in the Premier of Sarawak’s Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali with the first, second and third readings of the Bill to be read on May 18.

“The Bill is a very sophisticated bill with far reaching implications and ramifications. It gravitates around the definition of what land is,” he said.

On the Forests (Amendment) Bill, 2022, he said Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan would be tabling it and that the first reading would be held on May 18 followed by the second and third readings on May 19.

“This Bill is equally sophisticated with wide ranging implications on the expansion of the definition of timber produce,” he added.

Asfia declined to elaborate further on the Bills, noting that it was best to leave this to the ministers to elaborate and deliberate during the Sitting.

“The Bills are too sophisticated and wide-ranging for me to summarise them. If I paraphrase it, the meanings will shift,” he said.

He however, gave his assurance that the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2022 has nothing to do with NCR lands in the state.

“Be rest assured that this Bill is totally new. This has never been done before.

“It is like casting a stone into a lake. The ripples will go far,” he quipped.

On the third Bill, which is the Supplementary Supply (2022) Bill, 2022, he said Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas will be tabling the bill which will see the first reading held on May 18 followed by the second and third readings on May 20.

The eight-day DUN Sitting marks a full schedule ahead for the august House starting with the opening ceremony as well as address by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Tuesday (May 17).

Asfia said the Head of State and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib will arrive at the DUN Complex’s parade ground at 9.30am where Taib will participate in the inspection of Guards of Honour.

“The motion of appreciation of TYT’s speech will be carried out on Thursday (May 19) followed by debates on the speech on the same day, May 20 and 23.

“Priorities will be given to 17 newly elected members for them to deliver their maiden speeches,” he said.

He also said that DUN had received a Private Member’s Motion under Standing Order 23 from Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

“The motion is on the Continental Shelf and Territorial Sea Act,” he revealed.

In addition to this, he said that the DUN Sitting will also witness the election of Senator on May 18 in view that the second term for Senator Dr Zaiedi Suhaili will expire on July 18.

He also noted that the DUN had received a total 347 questions seeking 284 oral replies submitted by 39 members and 63 written replies submitted by 15 members.

“The Premier of Sarawak’s Department received the highest number of questions at 56,” he said.

Also present during the press conference were Deputy DUN Speaker Dato Idris Buang and DUN secretary Pele Peter Tinggom.