Melaka State Assembly passes amended Wood-Based Industries Enactment

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MELAKA (July 16): The Melaka State Assembly today unanimously passed the Wood-Based Industries (Amendment) Enactment Bill 2019. 

The Bill was tabled by Chief Minister Adly Zahari at yesterday’s sitting of the assembly.

It is aimed at bringing better governance of the industry and in line with changes that have taken place as the previous enactment was legislated way back in 1986. 

It provides for heavier penalties against those who flout laws related to the industry. 

Adly told the assembly that the state did not have any serious forest encroachment problems.

Meanwhile, the Speaker Datuk Omar Jaafar suggested to Datuk Zaidi Attan (BN-Serkam) to file a report with the bipartisan Melaka Special Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Melcat) his claims of poor governance at the  Putra Specialist Hospital (PSH) Melaka.

He said that there was no need to form an independent committee to look into the matter as Melcat could do it.

The assemblyman had tabled a motion on the matter but it did not come up for debate by the time today’s sitting ended.

The assembly was also told that  the Melaka Education Trust Fund received contributions totalling  RM5.835 million from the state government and seven other agencies from January till June this year. 

The state executive councillor in charge Noor Effandi Ahmad said the funds were to sponsor high achieving Melaka students  to pursue higher education locally and abroad.

The breakdown of the contributions is as follows: state government (RM1.5 million); Yayasan Melaka (RM1.5 million), Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (RM300,000), Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka (RM10,000), Kumpulan Melaka Berhad (RM5,000), Perbadanan Kemajuan Tanah Adat Melaka (RM20,000), Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (RM300,000) and Majlis Agama Islam Melaka (RM2.2 million). — Bernama