‘ Aye’ to De­wan Ne­gara pro­posal

> Sug­ges­tion to sum­mon min­is­ters’ pres­ence in House lauded


KUALA LUMPUR: Min­is­ters and deputy min­is­ters yes­ter­day wel­comed the sug­ges­tion for the De­wan Ne­gara to have power to sum­mon min­is­ters.

In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed said it would be bet­ter if a min­is­ter could re­spond di­rectly to the House, in­stead of del­e­gat­ing the task to the deputy min­is­ter.

How­ever, he noted there were times min­is­ters were un­able to be present and had to del­e­gate the task to their deputies.

“Some­times, it is un­avoid­able. It would be bet­ter if in­ci­dences like this could be avoided and the min­is­ter can at­tend the De­wan Ne­gara sit­ting,” he said.

theSun re­ported yes­ter­day that De­wan Ne­gara pres­i­dent Datuk Seri S.A. Vigneswaran in­tends to in­tro­duce a mech­a­nism to al­low the Se­nate to sum­mon min­is­ters to ad­dress is­sues of na­tional in­ter­ests.

“It is still in plan­ning and dis­cus­sion. We have to look into the mat­ter based on the re­quire­ments of the De­wan Ne­gara,” Vigneswaran was quoted as say­ing.

Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Datuk Az­izah Mohd Dun said any re­form that is ben­e­fi­cial to the strength­en­ing of the De­wan Ne­gara should be sup­ported.

How­ever, she noted there are rules al­ready in place for the Se­nate to call up min­is­ters in an­swer­ing to the House.

“The rules need to be fol­lowed. How­ever, we will sup­port any sug­ges­tion that can bring good to us,” she added.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man Said said any sug­ges­tion to im­prove the in­sti­tu­tion of the De­wan Ne­gara must be made of­fi­cially in writ­ing.

Aza­lina, who is also min­is­ter in charge of Par­lia­ment af­fairs, de­clined to elab­o­rate on the mat­ter, say­ing it would be pre­ma­ture to do so.

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