Start of the 17th Sarawak State Legislative Assembly

Posted on June 20, 2011


Ah, the start of DUN yet again.

Usually, it can be a rather uneventful and staid affair but usually just after a State election, more people pay attention to the going-ons in DUN. Or so I’m told.

Around this time, the people who get excited the most are actually the press people and the politicians (and their people).

They try to get other people excited as well, but for most ordinary folks in Sarawak, it’s just another day.

The only major difference they’ll probably notice is that their local dailies would be plastered with story after story and photo after photo of YBs in their suits in the DUN Complex.

But after a few days, they’ll also notice that even the photos appear to be similar, due mainly to the press photographers who lose motivation to look for more creative shots of the YBs.

However, this particular DUN session is expected to bring a lot more “excitement” as not only did we just come out of a State election, this particular State election also resulted in more opposition members than the previous DUN session.

When I say “excitement”, the opposition is expected to bring more theatrics to the proceedings to score points with the gallery, probably to live up to the reputation they built during their election campaign.

I won’t be surprised if we have a lot more people from Penang and Selangor expecting to see their colleagues in action over the next few days (just as they did during the election campaign).

We should expect the noise level in the DUN chamber to rise a few decibels this time around. Whether it’s of any good or any use, I have no idea.

Hopefully, our State’s elected representatives realise that it’s the quality of debate that matters, and not the quantity of shouting matches and verbal attacks that they can muster until the 29th of June, the last day of this DUN session.

I wish our 71 YBs all the best for the 17th State Legislative Assembly and look forward to good material to blog about in the coming days.

How BERNAMA saw it, as published in The Borneo Post Online:

Seventy-one Sarawak state assemblymen sworn in

June 20, 2011, Monday

KUCHING: Seventy-one state assemblymen and assemblywomen who won in the Sarawak state election on April 16, were sworn in as members of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, here today.

All state assemblymen and assemblywomen comprising 55 from the Barisan Nasional (BN), 15 from the opposition – 12 DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) (three) – and one independent candidate, took their oath before the speaker Datuk Seri Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also the Balingian assemblyman, led the swearing-in ceremony and signed his oath of office, followed by Deputy Chief Minster Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, who is also the Layar assemblyman.

Later, Land and Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, who is the Balleh assemblyman, and Social Development and Urbanization Minister Tan Sri William Mawan, who is also the Pakan assemblyman, were sworn in and followed by state cabinet ministers and state assemblymen.

The 17th Sarawak State Legislative Assembly starts its first sitting from today until June 29.

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin will grace the State Legislative Assembly opening and deliver his address at the first meeting tomorrow.

Two bills – Land Custody and Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2011 and Supplementary Supply (2010) Bill will be tabled at the sitting while there is a total of 355 questions for oral and written replies.

Two motions by Bukit Assek assemblyman Wong Ho Leng would be tabled in the sitting.

During the April 16 state election, the BN won 55 out of 71 seats contested. The BN seats comprise 35 under Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), eight under Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and six each under Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

Taib was sworn in as Chief Minister on April 16 after BN secured two-thirds majority in the election while all eight state ministers, who retained their respective seats were sworn in as members of the new state cabinet on April 18.

Twelve assistant ministers, who retained their respective seats in the April election, were sworn in as assistant ministers in the new state cabinet on May 3. – Bernama

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