The Info List - Sarawak State Legislative Assembly

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(As of 8 May 2016[update]) Government      Barisan Nasional
Barisan Nasional

Ministers: 9 Assistant ministers: 18 Backbenchers: 44

     PBB (39)      PRS (11) Others (11)      SUPP (7)      SPDP (4)

Opposition      Pakatan Harapan
Pakatan Harapan

     DAP (7)      PKR (3)

     Vacant (0)



Rules of Proceedings and Elections Committee Public Accounts Committee Assembly Committee Public Petitions Committee Privileges Committee DUN Events Committee


Voting system

Plurality: First-past-the-post (82 single-member constituencies)

Last election

7 May 2016

Next election

on or before 7 September 2021

Meeting place

New Sarawak
State Legislative Assembly Building, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak



The Sarawak
State Legislative Assembly (Malay: Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak) is the state legislature of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is a unicameral institution consisting of 82 members elected from single-member constituencies throughout the state. Elections are held no more than five years apart The State Legislative Assembly convenes at the Sarawak
State Legislative Assembly Building in the state capital, Kuching.


1 Current composition 2 History 3 Role 4 Speakers Roll of Honour 5 Committees 6 Sarawak
state election, 2016 7 References 8 See also 9 External links

Current composition[edit] For a complete list of members, see Malaysian State Assembly Representatives (2013-) § Sarawak.

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Barisan Nasional DAP PKR

History[edit] 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 in 1903. The Council Negri first met in Bintulu.[2] 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 form the Federation of Malaysia, in line with the federal and state constitutions, members of the Assembly have been elected representatives.[3] 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.[4] Role[edit] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] The Speaker presides over proceedings in the Assembly. He is appointed by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) on the advice of the Chief Minister. The Speaker can only vote to break a tie.[8] Speakers Roll of Honour[edit] The following is the Speaker of the Sarawak
State Assembly Roll of Honour, since 1963:

No. Speaker Term start Term end

1 Sockalingam 1963 1968

2 William Tan Ho Choon 1968 1973

3 Shahbuddin Y.K. Cheng 1973 1976

4 Abang Abu Bakar Abang Mustapha 1976 1981

5 Celestine Ujang Jilan 1981 1987

6 Robert Jacob Ridu 1987 1994

7 Wong Soon Koh 1994 1996

8 Song Swee Guan 1996 2000

9 Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar 2000 Incumbent

Committees[edit] The State Assembly also consists of committees that handle administrative matters. The committees include:[9]

Selection and Standing Order Committee Public Accounts Committee House Committee Public Petitions Committee Privileges Committee Events Committee

state election, 2016[edit] Main article: Sarawak
state election, 2016 References[edit]

^ "Abang Johari Ketua Menteri baharu Sarawak". BH Online. Berita Harian. Retrieved 13 January 2017.  ^ Sejarah Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
1 (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010 ^ Sejarah Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
2 (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010 ^ " Sarawak
state assembly increase number of reps to 82". The Malaysian Insider. 11 November 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2014.  ^ Kuasa Perundangan (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010 ^ Pengenalan (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010 ^ Fungsi (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010 ^ Speaker (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010 ^ Jawatankuasa Peraturan-peraturan Mesyuarat dan Pemilihan (in Malay). Dewan Undangan Negeri
Dewan Undangan Negeri
Sarawak. Accessed 14 June 2010

See also[edit]

Cabinet of Sarawak

External links[edit]

State Legislative Assembly official website

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