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Challenges for food supply chain on the agenda in Dewan Rakyat

MPs will also discuss bank scams and whether menstrual leave will be introduced.

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Shoppers queue to buy chicken at a supermarket in Taman Kuchai, Kuala Lumpur, in this file photo.
Shoppers queue to buy chicken at a supermarket in Taman Kuchai, Kuala Lumpur, in this file photo.

Issues and challenges for the agro-food sector in ensuring that the country's food supply chain remains stable and adequate are expected to be part of the focus at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

According to the order paper uploaded on the official Parliament portal, the topic will be raised by Ahmad Nazlan Idris (BN-Jerantut) to the agriculture and food industries minister during the oral question and answer session.

The focus is also expected to be on how far Islamic tourism has been highlighted in developing the tourism sector in Malaysia, when the question is posed by Shaharizukirnain Abd Kadir (PAS-Setiu) to the tourism, arts and culture minister.

Charles Santiago (PH-Klang) will ask the women, family and community development minister if the ministry plans to introduce menstrual leave and a sanitary napkin subsidy as part of the social protection programme for women from B40 families.

The common occurrence of bank scams, where unauthorised withdrawals and transfers are made from depositors’ accounts, will also be raised by Chong Chieng Jen (PH-Stampin) through a question to the finance minister.
Chong is expected to ask about the policies and measures to be taken by the government and Bank Negara Malaysia to address the matter and restore public confidence in the banking system.

A total of 10 bills will be tabled for first reading, including the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Amendment) Bill 2022, the Renewable Energy (Amendment) Bill 2022, and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2022.

After the session, the sitting will continue the debate on the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill 2021.

The current Dewan Rakyat sitting will run for 12 days until Aug 4.