31 October 2019
Good morning from Parliament. Had a long 8.30 am meeting with Izzah on fiscal policy.
On a separate somewhat frivolous note, Izzah raised an issue about batik, so I decided to wear a batik tie today to surprise her. However, she was quick to point out that it is made in Indonesia! My wife bought the tie some 3 years ago when she went to Jakarta for a work trip.
Continuing on the matter of batik shirts in Parliament, I am ok with the idea but maybe for Thursday only and should be optional. Parliament like most Malaysian public buildings are just too cold, hence my preference will still be a suit. The inclusion of batik will also require an amendment to the Standing Orders.
Parliament continues with ministers replying to the budget speech. This will continue to next Monday.