Mon, 28 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's lower house of parliament reconvened on Monday with the national budget for 2023 expected to be tabled by the end of the week.

Among other pressing matters will be the economic challenges and preparations for an expected flood season, according to state news agency Bernama.

The government is expected to face questions from lawmakers on the welfare and well-being of the people as rising food prices and a depreciating ringgit have created societal pressures, with the government having taken steps to curb inflation.

Also high on the agenda are the government's efforts to prepare for severe flooding expected during the monsoon season which will begin in November and is expected to last into the early part of next year.

Flood preparations have drawn more attention following severe flooding in the early part of this year which left over 50 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

Several laws are also scheduled to be passed including anti-stalking whether virtually or otherwise, which will be an offense punishable by imprisonment for up to three years, a fine, or both if convicted.

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