First of three-stage Parliamentary changes to be presented soon

Source: The Star Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting - Pic from The Star Online
Malaysian Parliamentary sitting – Pic from The Star Online

PARLIAMENTARY reforms will comprise three phases, with the initial one expected to be presented to lawmakers during the current sitting.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, who revealed this, said amendments to Parliament’s Standing Orders that did not involve changes to the Federal Constitution would be proposed first.

“This will include creating a Second Chamber and a Ministers’ Question Time.

“The second phase is to bring back the Parlia­ment­ary Ser­vices Act to ensure parliamentary independence in terms of staffing and budget, while the third phase is to create a Law Commission,” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday.

He said Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia had raised the proposed reforms when addressing Parlia­ment staff at a dinner on Monday.

Kiandee likened the Second Chamber to a “mini chamber” with sittings that were held simultaneously with the main chamber.

“Say a motion under Standing Order 18 (1) does not need to be debated in the main House but in the Second Chamber.

“This will ensure that parliamentary proceedings and debates are not interrupted,” added Kiandee.

Earlier this month, Pandikar Amin spoke about reforms in the Dewan Rakyat which would, among others, have a special time allotted for MPs to question the Prime Minister and his ministers on current matters.

He said the reforms were crucial to upholding the dignity of Parli­ament as the “heart and soul” of the nation and that they were not being proposed as a popular move.

He also said he was willing to step down if Parliament’s dignity was tainted.


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