KUALA LUMPUR, November 24 – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun said, he will discuss with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim about the opening date of the 15th Parliament session in the near future. He expects the first session of Parliament after the formation of the new government to be held next month.

“I think the main concern now is for the presentation of the mini budget to ensure the country’s operations run smoothly for January 2023, so it (the conference) needs to be held before the new year (2023),” he said. He was speaking to reporters after the Ceremony of Awarding the Letter of Appointment and Taking the Oath of Office and Allegiance as well as the Oath of Secrecy as the 10th Prime Minister at Istana Negara here on Thursday.

Anwar was sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister on Thursday. The former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was previously reported to have said that a special session of Parliament needs to be held to present a special budget or mini Budget 2023 including to pay the salaries of civil servants before December 31.

The 2023 budget was presented on October 7 by the then Finance Minister, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz with a total allocation of RM372.3 billion, while Parliament was dissolved three days after that to make way for the 15th General Election to be held. – Named