Hornbill Unleashed

May 13, 2017

Sarawak assembly rejects bid for referendum

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Sarawak Speaker Datuk Asfia Awang Nasar had put the application to vote after it was submitted by PKR’s Batu Lintang representative See Chee How. — Picture by Saw Siow FengAn Opposition lawmaker’s application for leave to table the Citizens-Initiated Referendum Bill in the Sarawak assembly failed after 58 Barisan Nasional assemblymen voted against it today.

Sarawak Speaker Datuk Asfia Awang Nasar had put the application to vote after it was submitted by PKR’s Batu Lintang representative See Chee How.

The Speaker said the application contravened Article 24(7) of the state constitution that states that no Bill or amendment from any ordinary member involving expenditures from the Consolidated Fund may be allowed, except from members of the state Cabinet.

“The proposed Bill on referendum involves expenditures from the Consolidated Fund,” he said, adding that conducting the referendum and appointment of officers to conduct the referendum requires funding.

He then said See did not obtain consent from the state’s Finance Ministry.

Asfia further said that the motion for the proposed Bill exceeded the 250-word limit.

Clauses of the Bill also intruded into the domain and functions of the Election Commission, he explained.

“Election is a federal subject under the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution,” he said.

When tabling the application for leave, See said the Bill, among others, sought to pave way for the referendum that would collect the public’s views, which could then be presented to the state assembly for its consideration in a non-binding manner.

Nine Opposition lawmakers supported the application.

The Speaker later rejected five other motions from the Opposition lawmakers.


Source : @ The Malay Mail Online


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