Azalina says government bills should get priority

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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said hopes the amendments to the Bankruptcy Act and the Child Sexual Crime Bill will be tabled in the current Dewan Rakyat sitting.

She was asked by reporters whether the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355 or RUU355, would be tabled at this sitting.

Azalina hoped the two bills will be tabled as they affect a lot of people.

“I hope the Child Sexual Crime Bill and the amendments to the Bankruptcy Act will be read in the Dewan Rakyat. They affect a lot of people.”

The amendments to the Bankruptcy Act are aimed at giving a new lease of life to people who are declared bankrupt.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had tabled a motion on the last day of Parliament’s sitting last May after the government allowed it to take precedence over government bills.

However, the PAS president deferred debating the bill and retabled a revised version in November last year after it was moved up again on the Order Paper list.

Hadi’s bill is listed at No 7 on the Order Paper list.