Economic challenges, floods among key topics in Parliament today

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KUALA LUMPUR: Economic challenges and preparations for floods will be among the key topics to be discussed during the first day of the new Dewan Raykat meeting today.

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According to the order paper, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, the Pasir Salak MP reported to have been suspended by Umno for six years, will ask the prime minister the action the government is taking to safeguard the welfare and well-being of the people.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) will also ask the prime minister to state the latest statistics on household income details of the B40, M40 and T20 groups from 2019 to 2022.

Rubiah Wang (GPS-Kota Samarahan) wants to know the status of the district disaster management committees nationwide to face the possibility of floods by the end of the year.

Fong Kui Lun (PH-Bukit Bintang) will ask the Federal Territories minister to state the ministry’s preparedness to deal with floods in Kuala Lumpur.

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The Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2022, the Land Public Transport Bill 2022, the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (Amendment) Bill 2022, and the Environmental Quality (Amendment) Bill 2022 will be tabled for first reading during the meeting, which will go on for 32 days until Nov 29.

Also expected to be tabled are a motion to elect a deputy speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, and a statement of the Special Select Committee to Consider Bills relating to the Tobacco and Smoking Products Control Bill 2022.

The main focus of the meeting – the third of the fifth session of the 14th Parliament – will be the tabling of the Supply (Budget) Bill 2023, scheduled to be carried out by finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz on Friday.

The bill will be debated at the policy level for eight days and will be answered by ministers for four days before being debated at the committee level for 12 days.–FMT


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