KOTA KINABALU: The cabinet committee on the parliamentary transformation has accepted the proposal to set up a special chamber for members of Parliament to submit motions that have been rejected by the Speaker.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said the special chamber, to be chaired by the speaker or any of the deputies and attended by the ministry involved, was proposed to avoid negative perception against the speaker and his deputies.
“It is a habit among parliamentary members, when they know their motions are not accepted, they will call for a media conference and say all sort of things at the Speaker. They only want publicity. Therefore, to avoid this, we have another chamber where they can say whatever they want,” he said when met by reporters after opening the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) here today.
However, Pandikar said the debate in the special chamber, to be held in parallel with the Dewan Rakyat session, would not involve any form of balloting.
He said the committee also accepted the proposal to shorten the period for the notice to submit questions for oral reply from 14 days to 10 days and to set the ministerial question time to one minute for questioning and three minutes for reply.
On proposal for Parliament to form a standing committee in each ministry for issues that were not discussed due to time constraint, Pandikar said the committee was still considering the matter.- BERNAMA