(1 November 2001)

 KOTA KINABALU: Assembly speaker Datuk Hassan Alban Sandukong has rejected five motions forwarded by PBS Assemblyman for Api-Api Dr Yee Moh Chai and BN Assemblyman for Likas Datuk Yong Teck Lee on grounds that the matters raised had been dealt with by the State Government. The speaker said while he agreed the matters were of public interest which needed to be addressed urgently, he wanted the five-day sitting beginning Thursday to focus more on debating the 2002 State Budget. "We only have five days, we have other Bills to discuss besides the State Budget," he said, adding that if the motion were to be allowed, there will be not much time left for the sitting. 

He said it was also important to spend more time debating the budget because it affects everybody and our future. He said Yong and Yee could raise the matters while debating the budget. Yee said he would appeal againts the decision. Yong, in his motion, was seeking a special committee to be set up to look into the phantom voter problem. Yee wanted the Government to address the problem relating to Saham Amanah Sabah (SAS), besides getting the Assembly to instruct the Government and all the local councils not to raise assessement rates at least for the next five years.

Datuk Yong Teck Lee
Member of Parliament for P150 Gaya / State Assemblyman for N13 Likas






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