No quorum? Sitting adjourned

Chong Chieng Jen

THE third day session of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) adjourned due to no quorum to the dismay of the opposition bench.

Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) lamented that the sitting had to be cut short after a ruling was made to extend it beyond 6.30pm.

He attributed the lack of quorum to absentees in the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) bloc and some members who went back early.

“The whole bench of ministers was absent, almost all the assistant ministers except a few and also most of the GPS assemblymen were absent, therefore there was no quorum.

“To constitute a meeting, you need 27, that is one third the number of assemblymen,” he told a brief press conference after the sitting was adjourned.

Chong said it was a disappointment that GPS with its 70 assemblymen could not constitute a quorum and that the sitting had to be adjourned halfway through Dennis Ngau’s (PBB-Telang Usan) speech.

“This goes to show how irresponsible these people are for not attending the meeting. The meeting was supposed to be eight days, now it is five days. (But regardless), we are still here,” he said referring to the remaining opposition members.