Bill on declaration of assets for Parliament today: Liew
Published on: Monday, July 22, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur
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SANDAKAN: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic) said the Bill on assets and property declaration for Members of Parliament and state assemblymen will be tabled at the Dewan Negara today (Monday).

 This is in line with the integrity practice, he told reporters at the Sandakan Airport on Saturday. 

Before this, Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders were recommended to declare their assets and properties to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) where Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, among others, want this to be done in line with the practice of leaders free of corruption and so on.

  Meanwhile, Liew said the amendment to the Federal Constitution Article 119 that lowered the voting age limit to 18, allowing them to become electoral candidates and their automatic registration as a voter, will be enforced after all these subsequent acts have been made in October this year.

“We still need to make changes to the Election Commission (EC) regulations to allow smooth implementation of all these,” he said, adding after next year the law can take effect if the 15th General Election (GE15) is to be held.

“If there is none, we wait for the full term that is five years from 2018, which is 2023, for GE15,” he said.

He said at that time, the number of voters will increase to 22.7 million from the country’s total population of about 32 million, adding that will be over 60 per cent of the population who will decide on the Government on GE15. 

He also described the development has become a history as it changed the political landscape of the country forever.

 Liew who is Batu Sapi MP, said the Parliament had also on last Wednesday passed an additional 13 state seats for Sabah and it will take into effect after the Yang Dipertuan Agong had signed it. 

Apart from that, he said, the Dewan Negara and Senate will sit until July 31 and will take six days to ensure all the bills that had been passed in the Dewan Rakyat can be tabled in the Dewan Negara, including the amendment to Article 119. 


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