KUALA LUMPUR: The sitting of the Dewan Rakyat for the third meeting and third term of the 14th Parliament has been extended by two days, making the duration of the whole sitting to be 29 days. It will end on Dec 17.
According to a letter from the office of the secretary of the Dewan Rakyat, the amendment was in line with Standing Order 11 (2) of the Dewan Rakyat.
Based on the regulation, the head or deputy head of the house can change the stipulated date from time to time.
The Dewan Rakyat sitting prior to this was scheduled to end on Dec 15 with the 2021 Budget debate session at the committee level.
According to the letter, the additional two days were allocated for the tabling of bills and other government businesses.
An amendment was also made to the calendar of Dewan Negara, which would convene from Dec 16 to 23. Originally, it was to sit from Dec 14 to 23.
According to a letter from the Office of the Secretary of the Dewan Negara to the members of the senate, the period was fixed by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as leader of the house through a letter dated Nov 11 to the Dewan Negara president.
It was in line with the Standing Order 10(2) and 14(2) of the Dewan Negara. Based on Standing Order 10(2), the fixing of the dates of sitting must be made by the head or deputy of the house at least 28 days before the start of every term.
Meanwhile, according to Standing Order 14(2), government businesses must be set down in such order as the government thinks fit and the secretary informed accordingly.