Former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming has proposed 10 parliamentary reforms that he will implement if he is given the mandate by fellow MPs to be the next deputy speaker of the House.
The Teluk Intan MP said the reform proposal would make the Malaysian Parliament a world class institution.
Nga, who was a deputy speaker during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, said the proposed reforms will allow Parliament to gain financial independence and also play a major role in check-and-balance against the government, in line with the doctrine of separation of powers.
Proposed parliamentary reforms
- Reintroduction of the repealed Parliamentary Service Act, which was mooted again during the PH era.
Nga said former speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof had completed drafting the bill during his time and proposed that it be tabled in Parliament this year.
“The draft of the bill has been prepared and it should be tabled in parliament by the end of this year to ensure parliament is financially and administratively independent of the executive.
- A Special Select Committee in Budget review, comprising 51% government MPs and 49% opposition MPs to ensure more transparency and accountability in the government’s annual budget of more than RM320 billion.
Nga said a periodic review of the government’s budget would also avoid wastage and leakages.
- A Special Select Committee consisting of members from both political divides to vet and review bills.
- A “Second Chamber” to discuss issues faced by various constituencies so that the relevant ministers can answer directly to MPs on the questions raised.
- Setting a minimum number of days for sitting and that the MP’s attendance must be announced publicly.
- Live broadcast of Public Account Committee (PAC) meetings online.
Nga said PH had started this process to improve and empower the PAC, including appointing the opposition party as its chairman.
- Ministerial status given to the parliamentary opposition leader, with the opposition leader’s office announcing its expenses every year to demonstrate transparency.
- Motion of confidence be institutionalised to ensure that the legitimacy of the prime minister.
“Parliament must amend the standing order, requiring the new prime minister to submit a motion of confidence to the parliament within 30 days after he has sworn in,” Nga said.
- Enactment of anti-party hopping law, which includes recall elections.
Nga said this would defend the people’s mandate by returning the power to them.
- A special committee on environment protection and sustainable goals.
Parliament will reconvene next week and its election for a deputy speaker will be held on September 14. – TMI