Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sarawak DUN members serving on ‘extra time’

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KUCHING: Members of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) will continue to receive their remunerations, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang.

“This is because their tenure of duty has been extended following the Emergency proclamation made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“The Sarawak DUN members are all serving on ‘extra time’. Their term would have expired on June 7 had it not been for the previous Emergency which ended on Aug 1.

“Now there is another Emergency which will end up Feb 2 next year,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 1).

Idris pointed out that office bearers regardless of political parties, government and opposition were currently serving on extra time.

He said the extension of term also applied to elections of political parties which had been on hold due to the Emergency.

“The tenure of these office bearers of political parties is automatically and legally extended as the Societies Act requires their elections to be put on hold too.

“The same goes for clubs, association, cooperatives and companies registered with the various respective laws such as the Societies Act, Companies Act, Co-operative Act or any other laws which require elections of office bearers — all these are put on hold.”

The Muara Tuang assemblyman said suspension of elections did not mean that the terms and tenure to hold office these various positions like chairman or members of the executive committees or boards had ended or become illegal.

“They still legally hold such offices and carry on their respective duties and responsibility as allowed within the ambit of the ordinances and rules under the Emergency setting.

“For the same reasons given above, state assemblymen of Sarawak legally and earnestly receive their salaries or remunerations,” he said.

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