Thursday tabling of 11th Malaysia Plan

Thursday tabling of 11th Malaysia Plan

KUALA LUMPUR - All ears will be on the tabling of the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the 13th parliamentary sitting which opens today.

The Prime Minister and Finance Minister will unveil the national five-year plan (2016-2020) on Thursday.

The RMK11 is considered critical as it is the final transformation move in the effort to make Malaysia a developed high-income nation by 2020, and is expected to outline several high-impact projects.

According to the Parliament Malaysia portal, the debate on the RMK11 is expected to go on for six days from May 25, followed by replies from the ministers over three days from June 10.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has also resubmitted notice for a Private Member's Bill to Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to pave the way for the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.

Hadi's previous attempt at the last session in March to debate the Bill failed due to lack of notice.

Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will also have its hands full as it begins its probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Due to growing concerns over the issue, the PAC has decided to initiate its own inquiry into 1MDB's dealings.

Also coming under scrutiny is the 2nd Series of the Auditor-General's Report 2014 which will be presented to the PAC before being tabled to lawmakers.

Lively debates are also expected based on the list of Government bills to be tabled, namely the Sedition Act, Anti-Trafficking of Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants, Capital Markets and Services, and Animal Welfare bills.

The sitting will begin with the swearing-in of the new MPs for Rompin and Permatang Pauh, Datuk Hasan Arifin of Barisan Nasional and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of PKR, respectively.

Dr Wan Azizah is expected to be sworn-in as the new parliamentary Opposition Leader, replacing her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who has been convicted of a sodomy offence.

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