Dewan Rakyat adjourns sine die, 10 bills passed

— The third meeting of the third term of the 14th Parliament adjourned sine die today, after sitting for 29 days since Nov 2, with 10 bills tabled and passed, including the Supply Bill 2021.

Also passed in this session were the Finance Bill 2020; Temporary Measures for Government Financing (Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Amendment) Bill 2020; Customs (Amendment) Bill 2020; and Excise (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Free Zones (Amendment) Bill 2020; Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill 2020; Service Tax (Amendment) Bill 2020; Tourism Tax (Amendment) Bill 2020; and Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Meanwhile, the second and third readings of five bills initially scheduled for today in the Dewan Rakyat have been postponed to the next sitting, based on the Parliament’s Standing Order Number 62.

The bills are the Windfall Profit Levy (Amendment) Bill 2020; Occupational Safety and Health (Amendment) Bill 2020; Factories and Machinery (Repeal) Bill 2020; Malaysian Space Board Bill 2020; and Independent Police Conduct Commission Bill 2020.

When tabling the Temporary Measures for Government Financing (Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Amendment) Bill 2020 for second reading today, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said it involved an additional expenditure of RM20 billion.

“The estimated additional expenditure involves RM14 billion to cover the provision of Bantuan Prihatin Nasional; RM4 billion to cover COVID-19 related expenses; the need to extend the Subsidy Programme (RM1.5 billion), and the provision of Prihatin Special Grants (RM500 million),” he said.

During the debate session on the Bill, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) suggested for all the incentives mentioned in the Bill to be channelled as early as January next year.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri when tabling the Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Service Tax (Amendment) Bill 2020 said they were aimed at strengthening the implementation of sales tax.

At the end of today’s sitting, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun thanked all MPs for their participation in the meeting.

He also thanked all government officials especially Parliament personnel and media practitioners for ensuring the proceedings ran smoothly this time amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“As we are aware, since there was an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, several changes had to be made during the sitting to ensure our health and safety,” he said, while praying for the good health of all parties involved.

Azhar also took the opportunity to wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all MPs and Parliament staff celebrating the events, besides apologising for instances he may have been rude, disrespectful or raised his voice throughout the sitting.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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