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2008/03/18
'It’s going to be one hell of a Parliament'
By : Deborah Loh
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PUTRAJAYA, Tues:

"It’s going to be one hell of a Parliament with a bigger Opposition and I look forward to it,” said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs.

Nazri, who was retained as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in the new Cabinet line-up, will only hold the parliamentary affairs portfolio.

He will no longer be in charge of legal affairs and judicial reform, which have been handed over to Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim who will be appointed as a senator in order to become a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

“I’m happy. Parliament is now a full time job with 82 Opposition MPs, so I will have my hands full,” Nazri said today. “Opposition MPs are savvy, they know their stuff, and they come prepared. The prime minister has shown his seriousness about parliamentary debates by not appointing any parliamentary secretaries.

“No more unprofessional answers by parliamentary secretaries. For the BN, the lowest level of representation in parliament is the deputy ministers and I expect them to know their stuff.”
Nazri said it was a wise decision to appoint a separate minister to look after legal affairs.

He also said he was happy that the Indian community was represented through Datuk S. Subramaniam who is Human Resources Minister.

“I was worried that after the Indians rejected the MIC in the general election, no Indian would be given a ministerial post,” Nazri said. “Overall the whole cabinet line-up is good and shows that the prime minister has listened to the signal given by the rakyat that they want new faces and more professional people.”
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