No need for PM’s Question Time in Parliament, says Liew

Minister Liew Vui Keong says over the past year, the prime minister has been answering questions during the Minister’s Question Time as well as the ordinary question time. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong says there is no need for the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQT) in Parliament as the Minister’s Question Time (MQT), scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, is enough for now.

Speaking to reporters after opening the National High-Level Dialogue on Business and Human Rights here today, Liew said the PMQT had been discussed following a proposal by some MPs who wanted the session.

“But the fact is, we have the MQT and in the past year, we have seen the prime minister coming to answer questions in Parliament during MQT as well as the ordinary question time.

“So I think for now, we don’t really need the PMQT. In time to come, and when the need arises, we can consider it. But for now, I think the MQT is sufficient.”

Asked about the July Parliament session, Liew said it would be the most exciting session as it would see the introduction of several laws.

When asked what bills would be tabled, he said the abolition of the mandatory death penalty and the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission are in the pipeline.

Other big issues include the constitutional amendment on the voting age to allow youth to vote at the age of 18, he said.