Monday, August 18, 2008

DNA Bill tabled for first reading - Star


KUALA LUMPUR: Aug 18, 2008

The DNA Identification Bill was tabled for first reading by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar in Parliament on Monday.

The Bill met with criticism from Lim Kit Siang (DAP - Ipoh Timor) who claimed it was timed with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's contest in the Permatang Pauh by-election.

However, Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin asked the MP to raise issues during the debate on the Bill later.

Later, Syed Hamid told reporters that the Opposition should not think that the tabling of the Bill was "politically motivated" as the drafting had begun in 2001.

"The Bill makes it compulsory for anyone charged for offences under the Penal Code to give their DNA sample to the authorities," he said.

Earlier, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha told Lim that each state government had their own scheme and concessionaire to maintain their fleet of official cars.

"Besides, the acquisition of Mercedes for the Terengganu state exco has been explained by the Prime Minister," he said, adding that it was up to ministers, deputy ministers and exco members to ensure that their official cars were not misused by their drivers.

International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (BN - Pulai) that Malaysia received more foreign direct investment per capita than China.

"With our population of 27 million, we received US$234.88 (RM775.10) per person for foreign direct investment as compared to US$52.84 (RM174.37) per person in China last year," he said.

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