Floods focus of assemblymen as Penang assembly begins sitting

GEORGE TOWN: The issue of floods remained the focus of the assemblymen – both from the DAP-led state government and the opposition – in the Penang State Legislative Assembly sitting today.

Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang said that of the 76 oral questions submitted for the second meeting of the fifth session of the 13th assembly, more than 20% was on floods, flood mitigation projects and state government action to address the issue.

He also said that the assembly also received 654 written questions as well as two bills and two motions seeking approval.

Law said that after the tabling of the Penang Budget 2018 by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the sitting would be adjourned and would resume from Nov 6 to 13.

The assembly will sit until all matters have been settled, he added.

The assembly will not sit on Nov 7 in view of the official one-day visit of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to Penang.

Pulau Betong assemblyman Datuk Dr Muhamad Farid Saad reportedly said that the Barisan Nasional would submit a motion on matters related to development on hill slopes in the state. — Bernama