Category Archives: Parliament

Wanita MCA cries foul over baby in Parliament

Wanita MCA has taken Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching to task for bringing her baby to Parliament on several occasions to highlight the lack of childcare facilities. In a press statement today, Wanita MCA publicity chief Ivone Low said Teo’s … Continue reading

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Bung Moktar sees red at Teresa Kok’s dress, knees

BN’s outspoken Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin today attempted to raise a standing order in Parliament to complain against the dressing of DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok. Bung stood up abruptly during the sitting and asked deputy speaker Ismail Mohamed … Continue reading

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DAP wants probe on Muhyiddin’s Dubai trip

By P Ramani Two DAP MPs say the Deputy Prime Minster’s itinerary seems to be filled with private engagements, informal dinners, and trips to the golf course with little official duties. KUALA LUMPUR: The Auditor General was urged to investigate … Continue reading

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Rosmah’s Qatar trip personal, jet approved by DPM

Ram Anand Pengerang MP Azalina Othman, who accompanied Rosmah Mansor during a women’s summit in Qatar, which the prime minister’s wife had gone on in a private jet, admitted that the invitation to attend the summit was extended to Rosmah … Continue reading

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Minister grilled over jet ride for Rosmah paid by gov’t

VIDEO l 2:51 mins By Nigel Aw PARLIAMENT Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim was grilled in Parliament today as to why the government paid for prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor’s use of an executive jet for a … Continue reading

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Motion to slash perks for special envoys shot down

PARLIAMENT The Dewan Rakyat today voted against a motion to slash the hefty salaries of three special envoys, who were all once prominent cabinet ministers. The trio are Rompin MP Jamaluddin Jarjis, who is the special envoy to the United … Continue reading

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55 civil servants found to be involved in graft

PARLIAMENT As of Oct 28, a total of 55 civil servants have been found to be involved in corruption by a special committee set up to investigate misconduct. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim said the number … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Service, Corruption, Parliament

Government executive jets cost RM490k per flight

Aidila Razak PARLIAMENT Trips taken using the government’s seven private aeroplanes and helicopter cost, on average, close to half a million in 2012, a written reply to Parliament reveals. Replying to Anthony Loke’s query (DAP-Seremban), Minister in the Prime Minister’s … Continue reading

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Anwar: Debating budget akin to ‘talking to the deaf’

VIDEO l  2:38 mins Ram Anand Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has likened his debate on the Budget 2014 akin to “talking to the deaf” due to the absence of Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak to listen to … Continue reading

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DAP: Budget 2014 a raw deal for Sarawak

Dukau Papau Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has once against given Sarawak a raw deal in the 2014 Budget, says the MP for Bandar Kuching and Sarawak DAP chairperson Chong Chieng Jen. “Sarawak is getting a raw deal again. Out … Continue reading

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More pain than gain for the middle-class

Andrew Ong COMMENT Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s Budget 2014 speech comes as no surprise: Post-GE13, pretty much the entire population would be taxed and forced to go cold turkey on various subsidies. The goods and services tax (GST) is … Continue reading

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Gov’t punishing M’sians with new tax, says Anwar

BUDGET 2014 The introduction of the good and services tax (GST), as just recently announced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak as part of the 2014 Budget only serves to “punish the people”, said Anwar Ibrahim. In an immediate reaction … Continue reading

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Najib unveils Budget 2014, announces GST

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak took two and a half hours to unveil the details of Budget 2014 today. Clad in a bright orange ‘baju Melayu’, Najib – to the delight of Pakatan Rakyat MPs as they waved their orange … Continue reading

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BN bulldozes through Penal Code amendments

By Alyaa Azhar and G Vinod Despite removing clauses on penalising vandals and those desecrating flags, the government rushes through an amendment that will penalise civil servants for disclosing information to the public. UPDATED KUALA LUMPUR:  The amendments to the … Continue reading

Posted in Constitutional Bills, Parliament

Umno MPs want Penal Code amendments retracted

Ram Anand PARLIAMENT Two BN MPs have voiced their disagreement with the government’s proposed amendments to the Penal Code, which are being debated in the Dewan Rakyat today, and even asked for the Bill to be retracted. Azalina Othman (BN-Pengerang) and … Continue reading

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Loss of respect a sign of public disquiet

OUTSPOKEN: One of the reasons why the Westminster system is stable and allows democracy to thrive without ditching seemingly anachronistic institutions like the monarchy is the latter’s value for money; for example, its ability to provide elements of nationhood such … Continue reading

Posted in Parliament, Special Interest

Talk big, do little

Soong Phui Jee, Sin Chew Daily THE absence of as many as 41 Members of Parliament from the crucial vote-taking of the Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) Bill 2013 when it was tabled for second reading in the House … Continue reading

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Did Zahid play out Pakatan over PCA changes?

Ram Anand ANALYSIS Pakatan Rakyat MPs have been left feeling ‘misled’ by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in relation to the cabinet’s apparent ‘willingness’ to consider their revisions to the Prevention of Crime Act (Amendment and Extension) Bill 2013. Events … Continue reading

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Pakatan MPs slammed for absence during PCA vote

While it comes as no surprise that the controversial amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act was passed in the Dewan Rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat parliamentarians are receiving some flak after it has come to light that 23 opposition MPs were … Continue reading

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Detention without trial is brutal and easily abused

SOON after he became Prime Minister in 2009, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced a series of transformation plans. Among them was the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Emergency Ordinance (EO). There was a general feeling … Continue reading

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Money, money, money

By FAHMI FADZIL WE’RE nearly at that time of the year again, when the Federal Government lays forth its budgetary plans for the following year. But first, a supplementary budget. By the time you read this, the request by the … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Parliament

PM’s Hari Raya bash cost RM2.88 million!

Koh Jun Lin PARLIAMENT RM2.88 million. That is what it cost taxpayers to feed the 80,000 guests who visited the Prime Minister’s official residence during his Aidilfitri Open House. In a written parliamentary reply, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department … Continue reading

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Gov’t intends to fund more movies like Tanda Putera

Ram Anand PARLIAMENT The government might fund more movies similar to the controversial ‘Tanda Putera’, the Communications and Multimedia Ministry said today. In a written answer to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) about the film’s budget and collection, its Minister Ahmad … Continue reading

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Zahid: PCA to be amended to give cops more bite

By Susan Loone The coming Parliament sitting this month will deliberate on amending the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 to give more power to the police to fight crime, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. “The law, which is currently … Continue reading

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Khairy asked to explain overspending on K-Pop event

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin must explain how the cost of the 2012 Youth Day event that involved the controversial K-Pop artistes ballooned to RM55 million, says DAP. Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim in a statement today noted that … Continue reading

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