Thursday, 6 August 2009

Sabah State Assembly procedure on sitting under fire


The just concluded sitting of the Sabah State Assembly was not conducted professionally and having too short a time for the many urgent and pressing matters in Sabah to be dealt with in more depth and detail.

Dr. Hiew, the Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament commented that the State Assembly sitting should have been conducted in a more proper manner and hastily concluded in a rush. The state assemblymen were not given enough time in presenting their views concerning the items for discussion. In the case of the amendments to the bills, and the approval of the supplementary supply bills, these were passed without getting thorough discussion and given enough time for the members to digest the contents. The order paper and the bill amendment papers were only being distributed on the day of the sitting itself. This gave no chance and time for the assemblymen to study and analysis the content of the amendments. How can we pass an important bill amendment just like that? More time should be given for research and for public opinion before any bill is amended. Thus, after the bills were amended, there are so much voices coming from the ground, and the government has to explain the detail on why this is done so. The explanation may not be acceptable to the people, and now the government is getting all the back fire. The government has not been fair to the people, they think they had control over 57 seats out of the 60, they can do what they want. This is demonstrated by the “bulldozing” through to approve the amendments tabled. As for the RM290million Supplementary Supply Bill, this paper was not distributed to the assemblymen for study before the sitting. How can the assemblymen debate on the issue without knowing the figures and where it will be used?

As for the question and answer session on the second day of the sitting, it lasted only for an hour before the session is adjourned indefinitely until further notice. There were only 12 out of the 65 question submitted that had the chance to asked and answered. Why the question and answer session only being given such a short time and there were so many other questions there waiting to be answered? The assembly should sit for the full day, so that the questions can have the chance to be presented and to obtain the answer on it. They should give more time for the assemblymen to seek clarification on the answers. The sitting is supposed for the whole day, but why should they just used one hour and not allowing the rest of the question continue to be asked in the meeting.

The short coming of the Sabah State Assembly must be put right, otherwise valuable tax payers’ money will be wasted, not productive, and matters are not given a thorough spin before approval. All these happenings are not healthy and not right, we really should put in more effort in the future sitting of the State Assembly to ensure a proper procedure is adopted, especially in dealing with important matters.

Dr. Hiew King Cheu, KK MP.

沙巴州议会开会程序不当
刚刚结束的沙巴州议会的会议程序不专业及时间上过于短促及匆忙,使到本州许多迫切的问题都无法深入及详细的商讨提呈处理方案。

亚庇国会议员邱庆洲博士评论说,该州议会的会议程序需要有更适当的方式来进行,而不该如此仓促匆忙的结束。 各州议员也没有给予足够的时间对讨论的事项提出自己的意见。 针对修正法案及批准马币2.9亿的附加供应法案,这些都没有彻底的经过讨论,以及让议员们有足够的时间去了解其内容,就草率地给予通过。 该些法案修正文件只是在当天的会议中分发,使议员们没有机会研究和分析其内容及含义以便进行修正。 我们如何能够让这样重要的法案修正如此草率的通过? 正确的做法应该是给予更多的时间以进行研讨以及让大众有机会了解或提供意见于该项修正法令。 在如此草率的情况之下修改法令,将会引起很大的社会反弹,政府到时必需详细地向大家解释为什么要这样做。 往往其解释可能不会被人民所接受,现在政府已面对许多的反弹和不满。 沙巴政府从来都对人民不公平,他们认为他们已经控制了六十个席位里的五七个席位,所以他们就可以随心所欲,不把人民放在眼中,横扫千军万马,强行修改各项法案。至于马币2.9亿的附加供应法案,其文件也是在会议中被分发给各议员,让他们没有足够的时间去研究该笔钱的如何使用。 尤其是在不知道其数额和被用于何处,议员们将无法辩论其中的利与蔽。

至于在第二天会议的问答环节中,只持续了一个小时就告终,而该次的州议会无限期休会,直至另行通知为止。总共有65个口头问题,却只有12个问题得到部长的当面回答。为什么问答环节只得到短短的一小时,而且还有如此多的其他问题还有待回答。 会议应该要开一整天,这样所有的问题可以有机会被提出并且获得答案。如果时间允许,应该有更多的附加问题得到口头澄清及答案。真的不明白为什么全体州议员及部长们已到齐在州议会里,却只用了一个小时的时间就快快收档。他们应该充份利用州议会的时间来让其他的口头问题被提出。这样草率的做法,已充份显示出沙巴国阵州政府不想在州议会里暴露出其弱点及无能处。

沙巴州议会的开会程序在未来必须要纠正,否则宝贵纳税人的钱将被白白的浪费,没有效率和导致民生福利问题没有得到彻底的了解及分拆之前就草草的被批准。 大多的事件都没有在健康和正确的方式下进行,我们应该在下次的州议会有适当的开会程序,特别是在处理重要的事项。