(File pix) The Dewan Negara adjourned sine die today after sitting for 10 days since December 4.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara adjourned sine die today after sitting for 10 days since December 4.

The upper house of the Parliament passed four bills on the last day of sitting today, namely the Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Bill 2017, Care Centres (Amendment) Bill 2017, Tourism Industry (Amendment) Bill 2017 and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) (Amendment) Bill 2017.

The Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Bill 2017, tabled by Health Ministry Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, provides for the regulation of private aged healthcare facilities and services and related matters.

Centres caring for four or more persons above 60 years old would be required to obtain an operating licence from the ministry's director-general.

In the Care Centres (Amendment) Bill 2017 tabled by Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, an operator of a registered care centre may admit any person who is 60 years of age and above.

Such admittance shall be based on the criteria as may be prescribed by the Minister upon consultation with the Minister charged with the responsibility for the Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 2017.

A new section 11b corresponding with section 43 of the Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 2017 to allow flexibility of care based on the criteria prescribed by the Minister for instance to cater for spouses to receive care at the same facility which would not be possible due to the specified age limit if not for the arrangement under the new section 11b.

The Tourism Industry (Amendment) Bill 2017, tabled by Tourism and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, is an Act to amend the Tourism Industry Act 1992.

The Bill aimed at amending the definition of “accommodation premises” to include any permanent and temporary structures.

The bill also aimed to curb rampant fraud cases involving travel agents in the country.

It amended subsection 5 (3) of the Tourism Industry Act 1992 by increasing the penalty rate from the existing fine of not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years, to a maximum fine of RM500,000 or a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) (Amendment) Bill 2017 was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

Among other things, the Bill allows enlisting of the Malaysian maritime volunteers to enable rapid action in the event of a disaster.

It also provides for the establishment of lock-ups, and empowered the MMEA to manage them as the absence of lock-ups during the investigation process has forced the MMEA to place detainees in limited lock-ups of other agencies.

MMEA became the single enforcement agency for Malaysian waters in 2011 but this mandate was amended in early 2014 following the incursion into Lahad Datu, a year earlier.

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