The government stand to save more than RM1 million by scrapping the idea to hold a special sitting for the bill.
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The government has decided against holding a special parliamentary sitting for the proposed anti-party hopping bill, said Law Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
Wan Junaidi said that the bill will instead be discussed during the scheduled Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara sittings in July.
According to The Vibes, the decision was reached taking into consideration that the government will have to fork out more than RM1 million to hold the special sitting for both the lower and upper houses.
“On the whole, the total cost the government will have to bear is approximately RM1,077,600, excluding operating costs, if special sittings were to be held in the lower and upper Houses,” the de-facto law minister was quoted as saying.
He also added that a number of MPs will not be present if the special parliamentary sitting were to be held in early July as many of them are involved in programme held overseas.
Wan Junaidi also mentioned the move would assure that lawmakers across the political divide will have ample time to study and debate the bill when it were tabled in the upcoming Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara sessions.
The anti-party hopping bill is scheduled to be debated during the second meeting of the fifth session of Parliament starting from 18 July.
It will then be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for gazetting.