Key points from Dewan Rakyat

By P PREM KUMAR

• The federal government is forced to pay the outstanding government guaranteed debts of RM102.1 billion, which is part of debt guarantees totalling RM238.2 billion to finance projects implemented by the previous government in off-budget allocations, although they are still not classified under the default category.

• Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the balance of RM136.1 billion guaranteed by the government could be paid by the related agencies or companies on their own without any payment from the federal government.

• There was no import declaration made to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department regarding the delivery of 44 pieces of jewellery linked to the former prime minister’s (PM) wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said Lim.

• The Education Ministry will set up a committee to gather information regarding the recognition for the Unified Examination Certificate.

• The Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) is looking at aligning the legal provisions to enable local authorities to take action on the misuse of entertainment centre permits.

• KPKT is reviewing the price of People’s Housing Project units following the proposal for bigger living quarters from its current size of 600 sq ft (182.88 sq m) to 900 sq ft.

• The air traffic controllers on duty when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, will face action for not following standard operating procedures in dealing with the disappearance of the jetliner, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

• Former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak defended 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) former CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s RM5 million salary package, saying Arul Kanda had received a lower salary at 1MDB compared to that at his previous job at a bank in the United Arab Emirates.

• The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is looking into the possibility of introducing specific legislation to address sexual harassment issues.

• The welfare of Royal Malaysia Police personnel, especially relating to the barrack and station facilities, will be the priority of the Home Ministry (KDN) in the upcoming budget, said KDN.

• The Malaysian law is enough to address issues stemming from Internet abuse, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.