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Monday, August 30, 2021

Senate's passive era has ended, time to act - Rais Ratim


The passive era of the Senate has ended and the time has come to activate and revive it as the country’s revered legislative institution, Senate president Rais Yatim said.

As such, he said all senators should study the powers provided to the Senate under the Federal Constitution and what they could do through the Senate’s Special Select Committees.

“The Senate will work closely with the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) and we will strengthen Parliament for the benefit of the people.

“I hereby call on all senators to play a more active role through the special select committees not just to champion the people’s issues, but also to ensure the success of the Senate reform process,” he said at the swearing-in ceremony of three senators today.

The three senators are Ti Lian Ker, Razali Idris and Md Nasir Hashim, were reappointed for their second three-year term by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

Ti’s appointment took effect from Aug 10 to Aug 9, 2024, while Razali and Nasir’s, from Aug 27 to Aug 26, 2024.

In his speech, Rais also reminded the senators to carry out their duties to the best of their ability and in a responsible and trustworthy manner.

He also advised them to evaluate their first term of senatorship and to improve themselves in the second term as well as to work harder in discharging their duties to the Senate and to the people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.


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