Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
|Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak
|16 April 2011|
|Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building, Petra Jaya, Kuching|
The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly is the state legislature of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is a unicameral institution consisting of 71 members elected from single-member constituencies throughout the state. Elections are held no more than five years apart, separate from general elections unlike other states in Malaysia.
The first legislative assembly in Sarawak was formed during the rule of the White Rajahs. The General Council (Majlis Umum) of the Kingdom of Sarawak was convened on 8 September 1867 by Charles Brooke, the Rajah Muda under the orders of James Brooke, then the Rajah of Sarawak. Its members were chosen from local tribe leaders who were thought to be capable of assisting Brooke in administering the kingdom. The General Council later evolved into the Council Negri. The Council Negri first met in Bintulu.
It continued to function even after Sarawak was ceded to the British Empire in 1946. Since 1963, when Sarawak joined with Malaya, Singapore and North Borneo (now known as Sabah) to formed the Federation of Malaysia, in line with the federal and state constitutions, members of the Assembly have been elected representatives.
The Assembly originally had 48 seats. That expanded to 56 in 1985, to 62 in 1985 and to 71 in 2005. In 2014 the Assembly passed a Bill to take the number of constituencies to 82. It has a greater number of seats than any other state assembly in Malaysia.
The State Assembly enacts laws that apply in the state of Sarawak in matters specified in the Joint and State Lists in the federal Constitution. Legislation successfully passed in the Assembly are known as ordinances. The Assembly must sit at least once a year to approve taxation to and supply from the state's consolidated fund. This is done during the tabling of the budget by the executive Cabinet. Aside from administrative matters, members of the Assembly are free to speak on any issues, as stipulated in the Privileges, Immunities and Powers Ordinance 1963. Members of the Assembly are responsible for checking and criticising the executive government's actions.
Speakers Roll of Honor
The following is the Speaker of the Sarawak State Assembly Roll of Honor, since 1963:
- Datuk Dr.Sockalingam (1963–1968)
- Tan Sri Datuk William Tan (1968–1973)
- Datuk Haji Shahbuddin Y.K. Cheng (1973–1976)
- Datuk Abang Haji Abu Bakar Bin Datu Abang Haji Mustapha (1976–1981)
- Datuk Celestine Ujang Jilan (1981–1987)
- Datuk Robert Jacob Ridu (1987–1994)
- Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh (1994–1996)
- Datuk Song Swee Guan (1996–2000)
- Datuk Amar Haji Mohammad Asfia Bin Awang Nassar (2000–present)
The Cabinet of Sarawak forms the executive branch of the state's government. It is led by the Chief Minister of Sarawak. The Chief Minister is appointed by the Governor on the basis that he is able to command a majority in the Assembly. He then advises the Governor on the appointment of state ministers. The Chief Minister and his ministers constitute the state cabinet, and share collective responsibility to the Assembly.
After the 2011 state election, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition formed a shadow cabinet. The Speaker recognised the right of the opposition to form such a body, but nonetheless noted it had no constitutional status, unlike the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
The current State Cabinet was sworn in on 18 April 2011 after the state elections. On 28 September 2001, the State Cabinet underwent a reshuffle, as a new ministry and seven new member were introduced.
Upon the appointment of Tan Sri Adenan Satem as the fifth Chief Minister of Sarawak, the State Cabinet,formed in 2011 remained unchanged, with the exception of the position of Second Deputy Chief Minister,which still vacant.The position of the Minister with Special Functions also remains vacant, and he had announced that he will appoint a minister to fill the positions at the right time.
|Chief Minister,Minister of Finance,Minister of Resource Planning & Environment||Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem|
|Deputy Chief Minister,Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture & Minister of Rural Development
||Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang|
|Minister of Land Development
||Tan Sri James Jemut Masing|
|Minister of Social Development
||Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom|
|Minister of Housing & Minister of Tourism
||Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg|
|Minister of Local Government and Community Development & Second Minister of Finance
||Dato' Sri Wong Soon Koh|
|Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications
||Dato' Sri Michael Manyin Jawong|
|Minister of Industrial Development, Minister of Second Resource Planning and Environment & Minister of Public Utilities
||Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan|
|Minister of Welfare,Women and Family Development (Newly-Formed)
||Datuk Fatimah Abdullah @ Ting Sai Ming|
|State Secretary||Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani|
|Minister in Chief Minister's Office & Minister of Special Functions
|Assistant Minister for Islamic Affairs
||Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman|
|Assistant Minister for Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development
||Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais|
|Assistant Minister in Chief Minister's Office (Native Adat and Penan Affairs)
||Datuk John Sikie Tayai|
|Assistant Minister in Chief Minister's Office (Promotion of Technical Education)
||Datu Len Talif Salleh|
|Assistant Minister for Resource Planning
||Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais|
|Assistant Minister for Environment
||Datu Len Talif Salleh|
|Assistant Minister for Agriculture (Research & Marketing)
||Datuk Mong Dagang|
|Assistant Minister for Agriculture (Farmers Organisation)
||Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran|
|Assistant Minister for Rural Development (I)
||Datuk Francis Harden Hollis|
|Assistant Minister for Rural Development (II)||Julaihi Narawi|
|Assistant Minister of Land Development (NCR Development)
||Datuk Gramong Juna|
|Assistant Minister of Land Development (Ladang Sejahtera,FELDA & FELCRA Dev't Programme in Coastal Areas)||Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz|
|Assistant Minister of Sports
||Datuk Lee Kim Shin|
|Assistant Minister for Youth Development
||Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah|
|Assistant Minister for Culture & Heritage
|Assistant Minister for Community Services
||Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie|
|Assistant Minister for Local Government
||Datuk John Sikie Tayai|
|Assistant Minister for Public Health
The State Assembly also consists of committees that handle administrative matters. The committees include:
- Rules of Proceedings and Elections Committee
- Public Accounts Committee
- Assembly Committee
- Public Petitions Committee
- Privileges Committee
|Votes||% of vote||Seats||% of seats||+/–|
|Barisan Nasional:||372,379||55.36||55||77.46||8[nb 1]|
|Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)||192,785||28.66||35||49.30|
|Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP)||111,781||16.62||6||8.45||6|
|Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS)||35,120||5.22||8||11.27|
|Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP)||32,693||4.86||6||8.45||2|
|Pakatan Rakyat:||277,329||41.23||15||21.13||8[nb 2]|
|Democratic Action Party (DAP)||134,847||20.05||12||16.90||6|
|Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)||117,100||17.41||3||4.23||2|
|Sarawak National Party (SNAP)||15,663||2.33||0||0.00|
|Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS)||9,719||1.44||0||0.00|
|Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM)||2,895||0.43||0||0.00||1|
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