Govt, opposition agree to change composition of parliamentary select committees

Govt, opposition agree to change composition of parliamentary select committees
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): The government and the opposition have agreed to change the composition of all Parliamentary Special Select Committees and the matter is expected to be laid before the Dewan Rakyat next Tuesday.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said the matter would first be brought to the House Committee on Thursday for a decision before the minister (concerned) tables the motion on the composition change on Monday morning.

“After the minister's motion on Monday morning, I will call the Select Committee at noon and, God willing, on Tuesday we can lay before the House the composition and new members of all the select committees.

"That is the latest status," he said in response to a question from Teo Nie Ching (Pakatan Harapan-Kulai) on the Special Select Committee on Education which she claimed had yet to hold any meetings.

Azhar explained that the absence of any meetings was because the committee’s chairman was appointed as a deputy minister, thus forcing the committee to appoint a new chairman.

Earlier, Azhar issued a reprimand on repeated and inaccurate answers provided by the ministries during question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions after this matter was raised by Teo and Hannah Yeoh (Pakatan Harapan-Segambut).

“Let me ask the Dewan Rakyat secretary what happened, how can the same question be answered in the same session and the answer was identical. That shouldn’t have happened, I agree … we will take action to rectify the situation.

“I have also taken action on inaccurate answers and did not have details many times ... Kulai (Teo) also wrote [to me about this] twice. I have asked for better answers to be given.

“So if Segambut (Yeoh) can write me a letter and give details of which question and which answer, I will take action. Give me a letter and I will take action," he said.

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