Perak reps can attend assembly despite exco swearing-in delay

Perak Assembly Speaker Ngeh Koo Ham.

IPOH: The postponement of the swearing-in of Perak state executive councillors, originally scheduled for July 11, has no bearing on the 14th state legislative assembly meeting beginning next Tuesday.

Perak Assembly Speaker Ngeh Koo Ham said that according to the constitution, exco members are appointed for a whole term and the swearing-in ceremony is only to renew their tenure in the respective portfolio.

“Legally, they are appointed for a five-year term, unless they are stripped of their positions or they have resigned.

“Therefore there is no issue of state assemblymen not being able to attend the assembly as no party has the right to strip an assemblyman of his or her position as they are elected by the people,” he said.

On July 9, the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah ordered for the appointment and swearing-in ceremony of the state executive councillors to be postponed.

The 14th assembly meeting will be held from July 23 to 25.

Ngeh also said a motion for all Perak assemblymen to declare their assets will be tabled on Tuesday.

“The declaration must be submitted to the speaker within three months of the motion being approved, after which it will be referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said.

He said Perak is taking a progressive step forward compared to the other states where currently, only menteris besar and exco members are required to declare their assets.

Ngeh also said the assembly is expected to debate the audit report from the State Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc).

He said the audit report ordered by the PAC on the Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) has not been completed and will most likely be debated at the next meeting.

Another motion to be debated is the streamlining of allowances and privileges for the speaker, deputy speaker and assemblymen.