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::presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present or to participate shall not invalidate any proceedings.
(3) Subject to clauses (5) and (6) and to clause (2) of Article 41, the Council Negri shall, if not unanimous, take its decision by a simple majority of members voting ; and the Speaker or member presiding shall cast a vote whenever necessary to avoid an equality of votes but shall not vote in any other case.
(4) Members absent from the Council Negri shall not be allowed to vote.
(5) The Standing Orders of the Council Negri may provide, as respects any decision relating to its proceedings, that it shall not be made except by a specified majority or by a specified number of votes.
(6) No Bill making provision for controlling or restricting the pro pagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the Muslim religion shall be passed by the Council Negri unless it has been supported on the second and third readings by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the total number of the members thereof.
(7) No Bill or amendment involving expenditure from the Consoli dated Fund may be introduced or moved in the Council Negri except by a member of the Supreme Council.
(8) For a period of ten years after Malaysia Day, and thereafter until the Legislature by law otherwise provides, all proceedings in the Council may be in the English language and, subject to the Standing Orders of the Council Negri, members may use any Native language in addressing the Council.
(9) If objection is taken by any member present that there are present (besides the Speaker or member presiding) fewer than one-third of the total number of members and after such interval as may be pre scribed in the Standing Orders of the Council, the person presiding ascertains that the number of members present is still less than one-third of the total number of members, he shall thereupon adjourn the Council.

Privileges of the Council Negri and members.

25. Subject to Article 72 of the Federal Constitution, it shall be lawful for the Legislature by law to determine and regulate the privileges, immunities or powers of the Council Negri ; but no such privileges, immunities or powers shall exceed those of the Federal House of Representatives.

Exercise of Legislative power.

26. (1) The power of the Legislature to make laws shall be exercised by Bills passed by the Council Negri and assented to by the Governor.
(2) All laws enacted by the Legislature shall be styled Ordinances and the words of enactment shall be " Enacted by the Legislature of Sarawak ".
(3) A Bill shall become law on being assented to by the Governor, but no law shall come into force until it has been published in the Gazette, without prejudice, however, to the power of the Legislature to postpone the operation of any law or to make laws with retro spective effect.

Supremacy of Constitution.

27. Any Ordinance passed on or after Malaysia Day which is incon sistent with this Constitution shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.