Perak reps can attend assembly session despite exco swearing in ceremony delay
Last Update: 19/07/2019
IPOH, July 19 (Bernama) -- The postponement of the Perak state executive council members swearing in ceremony, originally scheduled for July 11, has no bearing on the 14th state legislative assembly sitting this Tuesday.
Perak Assembly Speaker Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said according to the constitution, exco members are appointed for a whole term and the swearing in ceremony is only for the renewal of their commitment of the position that they hold.
“Legally, they are appointed for a five-year term, unless they are stripped of their positions or they have resigned.
“Therefore there is no issue of state assemblymen not being able to attend the assembly as no party has the right to strip an assemblyman of his or her position as they are elected by the people,” he clarified at a press conference today called in conjunction with the upcoming state assembly sitting.
Ngeh, who is also Perak DAP advisor, said the same situation applies even when an assemblymen exits a party.
On July 9, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah ordered for the appointment and swearing in ceremony of the state executive councillors, scheduled for July 11, to be postponed to a date that will be fixed later.
The 14th assembly sitting will be held from July 23 to 25, but will be extended if the need arises, Ngeh said.
He also said a motion for all Perak assemblymen to declare their respective assets will be tabled in the session on Tuesday.
Ngeh said the motion, to include assets of spouses, children and trustees, was brought up by Pasir Bedamar assemblyman Terence Naidu.
“The declaration must be submitted to the Speaker within three months after the motion is approved after which it will referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said.
He said Perak was taking a progressive step forward compared to the other states as currently, only Menteris Besar and exco members are required to declare their assets.
Ngeh also said the assembly is also expected to debate the audit report from the State Public Account Committee (PAC) on Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc).
He said the audit report ordered by the PAC on the Movie Animation Park Studio (MAPS) has not been completed and will most likely only be debated in the sitting after this one.
Besides this, other motions to be debated are the streamlining of allowances and privileges for the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and state assemblymen.