Mini-Budget set for March 10

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 – Parliament starts next week with the second stimulus plan or a mini-Budget, said to be in excess of RM10 billion, to be tabled on March 10 while a Bill for a special complaints commission is also expected to be debated.

Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will table the mini-Budget aimed at breathing life into a stuttering economy. It will contain fiscal, monetary and structural reform measures, officials said.

The Parliament sitting will start with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s royal address on Feb 16 and will also see newly-elected Kuala Terengganu MP Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut taking his oath of office, but keeping Pakatan Rakyat’s benches at 81 as its Bukit Gantang MP Roslan Shaharum died earlier this week.

Officials said the Special Complaints Commission Bill, the third piece of legislation in outgoing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s reform package, will be tabled and debated at the Parliament meeting. The Bill originated from the proposed Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission bill which never saw light of day much to the criticism of the opposition and civil groups.

Other Bills listed in the order paper for this meeting include the Witness Protection Bill and Judges’ Ethics Committee Bill, which was first read last December.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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