JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 12 –The fourth session of the Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor (DUN) begins today and will be closely observed by many quarters as it is the first state to hold an assembly sitting during the National Recovery Plan.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is scheduled to open the sitting and the event will be the highlight of the day as it is held at a time when Malaysia is still facing the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The session is expected to begin with Sultan Ibrahim delivering a speech and then proceeding to open the state assembly sitting, before the sitting is adjourned to Sunday.
Scheduled for seven days until Aug 22, the state assembly sitting is seen as an important platform for the state government to clarify its action plan to restore the state’s economy, as well as to assist those affected by COVID-19.
Johor is under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government with 29 seats in the state assembly, while the opposition bloc has 27 seats.
UMNO Johor leads the state leadership with 14 seats; followed by Bersatu with 12 seats, including the Gambir state seat which is held by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin; MIC (two); and PAS (one), while the opposition comprised DAP with 14 seats, Amanah (six) and PKR (seven).
Johor State Assembly Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat said that as of Aug 4, he had only received a motion on the vaccination program for the Johor people.
The last session of the Johor State Assembly sitting was held from Nov 26 to Dec 6 last year, during which the Menteri Besar tabled the 2021 state budget.