Source: The Malay Mail Online
The Supply Bill 2017 was approved through block voting, with 105 members of Parliament voting in support, 73 against and one abstaining. ― File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 ― The Dewan Rakyat last night passed the Supply Bill 2017 after debate since October 24.
The Bill was approved through block voting, with 105 members of Parliament voting in support, 73 against and one abstaining.
The results were announced by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia at about 11pm.
The Bill was tabled by Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani for the third reading which later was seconded by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim.
The bill was tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also Finance Minister on October 21, and was passed at the policy stage on November 7 prior to the committee stage.
The bill seeks to provide a budget of RM260.8 billion for government expenditure next year.
The Dewan sits again tomorrow. ― Bernama
Source: The Star
If the speeches are deemed to breach the OSA, the investigation will be handed to Attorney General’s Chambers.
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the police are looking into the case involving statements made by three former ministers when debating Budget 2017 in Parliament.
He said if the speeches are deemed to have breached the Official Secrets Act (OSA), then the police will be handing over the investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.
“It’s too early for me to give any findings from the investigation papers as the police report has already been made and the Inspector-General of Police has issued a statement.
“So, we leave this matter to the police and the A-G for the next course of action,” he said after the launch of a biography of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, by Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak at the Sime Darby Convention Centre here yesterday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was referring to the remarks made by former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah when debating the 2017 Supply Bill at the Dewan Rakyat last week. Read more
Source: FMT News
Police have no grounds to act against Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah for what they said in Parliament. Pic taken from FMT News.
PETALING JAYA: Parliamentary privilege that protects lawmakers from criminal and civil liability for what they say inside the Dewan Rakyat extends to offences under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), said legal experts.
Hence, police may have no grounds to act against former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, former rural and regional development minister Mohd Shafie Apdal, and former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
The three are currently under investigation for allegedly breaking their oath of secrecy and breaching provisions under the OSA, for speaking on issues which they learnt of while in their respective ministerial posts.
“MPs and state assemblymembers are protected under what is known as parliamentary privileges,” civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan told FMT, in reference to Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution.
“Here, they can raise issues in Parliament and the state legislative assembly without the risk of legal action. Read more