Dewan Rakyat passes Budget 2017

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

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

Jomo’s take on what ails the Malaysian economy

Source: The Star Online

DOES having a balanced budget really matter?

No, according to Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

The prominent economist stresses what’s important is how the Government spends its money annually to generate meaningful growth for the country’s economy. But sadly, that is something that is sorely lacking in the Malaysian context.

Not one to mince his words, Jomo says Malaysia has been running on “humdrum” budget deficits for the last two decades, without any serious effort to put the country’s economy on a sustainable growth path.

As he sees it, the country is presently mired in a political crisis that has led to a paralysis in effective economic policy making. Reform measures have somewhat stalled, and there is a self-defeating illusion that the country’s economy is moving in the right direction, and that it will become a high-income nation in the next four years.

Jomo says Malaysia needs bold leadership to implement bold measures that can take the country’s economy to the next level of growth. Read more

Zahid: Police looking into ex-ministers’ Budget 2017 debate statements

Source: The Star

If the speeches are deemed to breach the OSA, the investigation will be handed to Attorney General's Chambers.

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

Lawyers: Parliamentary immunity extends to OSA offences

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.

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