New law in the pipeline to mitigate Covid-19 impact

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the cabinet at its meeting on April 29 and May 20 agreed with the proposal to table the Temporary Implementation Measures law bill.  -NSTP/RAMLI IBRAHIM.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the cabinet at its meeting on April 29 and May 20 agreed with the proposal to table the Temporary Implementation Measures law bill. -NSTP/RAMLI IBRAHIM.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is proposing a new Temporary Implementation Measures law to mitigate the economic, social and industrial impact of Covid-19.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the cabinet at its meeting on April 29 and May 20 agreed with the proposal to table the new bill.

He said the tabling of the bill would entail amendment to several provisions in existing legal acts and was undertaken in an effort to rehabilitate the economy as well as to assist the people in a post Covid-19 world.

“Through the drafting of the bill, the government is confident that the post-Covid-19 effects can be effectively and efficiently addressed,” he said in a statement here today.

The Kota Baru Member of Parliament said all the relevant ministries had been told to identify the provisions to be amended in acts that come under their responsibility.

The relevant ministries would submit the amendments at a Special Meeting on the Draft Bill which would be chaired by Takiyuddin on May 28.

The Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department will act as the coordinator of the draft bill, he said.

Takiyuddin said that the outcome of the Ministry’s consultation and direct sessions with the implementing agencies including civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations would be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers for its tabling in the July Parliament sitting.

“The drafting of the Temporary Implementation Measures Bill to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 is a temporary relief to override any provision that is not in accordance with the prescribed period.

“Therefore, every proposal to be included in the bill should be related to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, which has had an impact on businesses, firms including SMEs and the people as a whole,” he said.

By Abdul Halim Yusoff.

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