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Strengthening Dewan Negara

Strengthening Dewan Negara

THE Dewan Negara, or Senate, has long been perceived as a “rubber stamp” of the Dewan Rakyat or Lower House in Malaysia. In a Westminster parliamentary democracy, the Senate is meant to provide checks and balances on the Lower House. Indeed, healthy democracies thrive because of checks and balances. That the Dewan Negara in Malaysia [...]

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Confusing party with government

Confusing party with government

Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh WHEN Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh was Dewan Negara president, the upper house of parliament started regaining just a little bit of its clout as a check and balance to executive power. In 2005, for example, senators resisted just being a rubber stamp for the controversial amendments to [...]

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Checking power in Malaysia

Checking power in Malaysia

Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh TAN Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh has had an interesting career in Malaysian politics. An Umno member, he was Member of Parliament (MP), first for the Arau seat in the 1980s, and then for the Kangar seat in 1999. The 1944-born medical graduate was appointed Deputy Speaker of the [...]

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Six take oath as senators

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May 2009: Five first-time senators and another senator, who had his term extended, took their oath at the Dewan Negara here today. The new senators were Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Tiam, Eg Fook Heng @ Ng Fook Heng, Zaitun Mat, Mohd Khalid Mohd and Zainun Abu Bakar. Another senator, Ahmad Hussin, 60, [...]

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Privacy Act to be introduced

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 April 2009: A personal privacy protection act will be promulgated to provide necessary checks against crimes and the intrusion of privacy, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told the Dewan Negara. “The matter has been discussed in the cabinet. I believe when the new cabinet is formed, it will delve into [...]

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RM11.7 million to repatriate illegals last year

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 April 2009: The government spent RM11.7 million last year to repatriate 60,800 illegal immigrants, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung. He said RM9.8 million was spent in 2007 for repatriation.  “The government has to spend RM30 a day on each detainee which covers administrative and medical costs,” Chor said when [...]

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