KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), is optimistic that the Special Parliamentary Committee set up to make recommendations on amendments to the Federal Constitution regarding the banning of members of the Dewan The Rakyat of the changing parties can prepare a statement containing the proposal of the relevant bill within one month.
Wan Junaidi, who is also the chairman of the select committee, said it was because the committee members were legal experts, but he refused to disclose the discussions held by the committee.
“This is because it is not permitted by the Dewan Rakyat Regulations themselves unless the report has been filed in the Dewan Rakyat, only then does it become a public document.
“Only then, as chairman, can I reveal (the affair or the discussions of the committee),” he told reporters at a meeting of Parliament and right here today.
Also present were Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Solicitor General Datuk Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh.
He said the first meeting of the committee comprising 11 government and opposition MPs was held on April 15 and further meetings would be held from tomorrow.
At the suggestion of former Dewan Rakyat chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof that the committee should be chaired by an opposition MP in an effort to be neutral, Wan Junaidi said he was instructed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri to chair the committee. .
He said the decision was made during talks between the prime minister and Pakatan Harapan leaders and representatives of government deputies in Dewan Rakyat on April 11.
Asked about holding a special session of parliament in June, Wan Junaidi said the power to convene a special session of parliament rests with the prime minister.
Meanwhile, Wan Junaidi said he was aiming for a bill on proposed amendments to the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 (Act 347) and the Regime of Parliamentary Services and the Commission of parliamentary services regarding the proposal to set up its own service for Malaysia. Parliament will be debated during the July session.
“In line with the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Transformation and Stability, the transformation of Parliament has become my main agenda,” he said, adding that he had presented developments on the proposed amendments to the Cabinet. — Bernama