Adjournment sine die for 18th DUN sitting

THE 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting adjourned sine die at 4.24pm today.

The Second Meeting of the Fifth Session of the 18th DUN differed from that of previous sittings after it was shortened to five days from its original eight-day session in view of the rising Covid-19 cases throughout the state.

On the first day, the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (PBB-Bukit Saban), was debated and passed.

The same day also witnessed another bill tabled by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (SUPP-Batu Kawa) on the Local Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which was also debated and passed.

The highlight of the first day was the Supply (2021) Bill 2020 which was presented by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The second day witnessed Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar dismissing two motions by David Wong Kee Woan (DAP-Pelawan).

A motion by Irene Mary Chang Oi Ling (DAP-Bukit Assek) which sought the state government to make a full disclosure to the august House on the agreed terms of settlement with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) was also rejected.

On Nov 11, the august House passed the Supplementary Supply (2020) Bill 2020 to accommodate additional expenditure amounting close to RM388.21 million.

The day also saw Wong who remarked the House of Rakyat as now being “House of Pantun” after expressing dissatisfaction with time wasting on ‘pantun’ during the question and answer session in the sitting.

Another historic moment was on Nov 12 when the Constitution of State of Sarawak (Amendment) Bill, 2020, seeking to amend the qualifications for membership of the august House was passed.

The motion of adjournment was tabled by Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh.