5 key things to watch in Parliament
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and Multimedia Ministry is studying if the controversial law, rushed through just before the May election, should be repealed or amended.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.
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.