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June 17, 2010

Relocating Parliament: ‘It’s blatant executive interference’

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 14:37
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By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to relocate Parliament is a blatant interference by the executive, Pakatan Rakyat member of the House Committee Fuziah Salleh said today.

The Kuantan MP said such a move should be made after consulting the committee, which has jurisdiction over logistical matters in Parliament.

But no meeting or consultation ever took place, said Fuziah.

“The decision to spend RM800 million of taxpayers’ money cannot be made by the executive,” she told a press conference in Parliament here.

“Any decision on such matter should be made by Parliament. This is interference by the executive,” she added.

Minister in the Prime Minister Department Mohd Nazri Aziz recently revealed in the Dewan Rakyat that the Cabinet was mulling a new parliament building at an estimated cost of RM800 million.

But yesterday, following public uproar, Nazri (the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs) said the idea was rejected in view of the exorbitant cost.

He then said the Cabinet was considering spending RM150 million to refurbish the existing Parlaiment and another RM50 million for a temporary relocation.

The other option was to take over the Putrajaya International Convention Centre and shift Parliament there. This would cost the government RM600 million.

A decision will be made pending the full cost report on the proposal prepared by the Public Works Department.

Emergency meeting

Kota Melaka MP and a member of the House Committee Sim Tong Him said they have sent a letter to the Speaker requesting an emergency meeting be held to discuss the matter.

He described the decision, bulldozed without any consultation, as an insult to parliamentarians.

The decision also mirrored the Najib government’s inconsistencies.

“In a reply in 2007, Nazri had said the government is content with the current parliament building,” said Sim, who was present at the press conference.

PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said this was another “flip-flop” policy by the Najib government.

“We don’t need a new building. What we need is freedom for the MPs and integrity of the House. What we need is a free and fair election, which is the pillar of democracy,” he said.

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Relocating Parliament: ‘It’s blatant executive interference’

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 14:37
E-mail Print
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By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to relocate Parliament is a blatant interference by the executive, Pakatan Rakyat member of the House Committee Fuziah Salleh said today.

The Kuantan MP said such a move should be made after consulting the committee, which has jurisdiction over logistical matters in Parliament.

But no meeting or consultation ever took place, said Fuziah.

“The decision to spend RM800 million of taxpayers’ money cannot be made by the executive,” she told a press conference in Parliament here.

“Any decision on such matter should be made by Parliament. This is interference by the executive,” she added.

Minister in the Prime Minister Department Mohd Nazri Aziz recently revealed in the Dewan Rakyat that the Cabinet was mulling a new parliament building at an estimated cost of RM800 million.

But yesterday, following public uproar, Nazri (the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs) said the idea was rejected in view of the exorbitant cost.

He then said the Cabinet was considering spending RM150 million to refurbish the existing Parlaiment and another RM50 million for a temporary relocation.

The other option was to take over the Putrajaya International Convention Centre and shift Parliament there. This would cost the government RM600 million.

A decision will be made pending the full cost report on the proposal prepared by the Public Works Department.

Emergency meeting

Kota Melaka MP and a member of the House Committee Sim Tong Him said they have sent a letter to the Speaker requesting an emergency meeting be held to discuss the matter.

He described the decision, bulldozed without any consultation, as an insult to parliamentarians.

The decision also mirrored the Najib government’s inconsistencies.

“In a reply in 2007, Nazri had said the government is content with the current parliament building,” said Sim, who was present at the press conference.

PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said this was another “flip-flop” policy by the Najib government.

“We don’t need a new building. What we need is freedom for the MPs and integrity of the House. What we need is a free and fair election, which is the pillar of democracy,” he said.

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