5 key things to watch in Par­lia­ment

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will the sales and ser­vices tax (SST) kick in?

Prime Min­is­ter Ma­hathir Mo­hamad has said the SST will be ef­fec­tive from Sept 1.

The Bill is ex­pected to be tabled and passed dur­ing this first sit­ting. The SST re­places the for­mer 6 per cent goods and ser­vices tax, which has been zero-rated since June 1.

will be Speaker of Par­lia­ment?

For­mer judge Mo­hamad Ariff Md Yu­sof is tipped to be Speaker, af­ter Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) said that to avoid bias, it will nom­i­nate a re­tired judge, in­stead of an MP, for the post. An­other can­di­date was for­mer judge Mohd Hishamudin Yunus but he said his name was dropped from the list. Pro­pos­als for the Anti-Fake News Act are not ready but could make it to Par­lia­ment later this ses­sion.

The Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­istry is study­ing if the con­tro­ver­sial law, rushed through just be­fore the May elec­tion, should be re­pealed or amended. PH had promised ahead of the elec­tion to abolish the law.

PHOTO: BER­NAMA

Staff pre­par­ing for Mon­day’s Par­lia­ment ses­sion in Malaysia. Ninety of the 222 law­mak­ers who will take their oath are first-time MPs, the high­est num­ber since Par­lia­ment first con­vened in 1959. The 20-day sit­ting is ex­pected to fo­cus on rolling back con­tro­ver­sial laws en­acted by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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