Pakatan Harapan’s representatives have been directed to meet with their Federal Government counterparts immediately to discuss the unfulfilled terms of their memorandum of understanding (MoU).
- 15 of the 18 items or about 83.3% agreed in the MoU have been implemented
- 3 items yet to be implemented – a two-term (10-year) limit for the PM, reinstating Parliamentary Services Act and amendments to the parliamentary Standing Orders
Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council shared that the (Pakatan) steering committee of the MoU had been instructed to hold a meeting as soon as possible with government representatives to discuss some of the items that remain outstanding, in addition to examining the matters stated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, including those related to political funding.
The statement was signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke and Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
The presidential council said it was happy and proud with the passing of the historic anti-hopping bill, prohibiting MPs from changing parties.
“It was approved with the support of 209 Dewan Rakyat reps, which amounts to an equivalent to 95% support.
“This historic constitutional amendment is a great victory for Malaysians.
“It is one of the pillars of the MoU between the Federal Government and Pakatan Harapan,” the statement read, adding that the public’s confidence in the election process and democracy would begin to recover.
The statement said with the passing of this constitutional amendment, 15 of the 18 items agreed in the MoU have been implemented, or about 83.3%.
“The remaining matters yet to be implemented were a two-term (10-year) limit for the prime minister, reinstating the Parliamentary Services Act, and amendments to the parliamentary Standing Orders to ensure proceedings were carried out in a more systematic and smooth manner,” it said.
The council said, however, there was still much to be done to correct the political and democratic situation in the country, as well as to ensure that an episode like the “Sheraton Move” would not recur in the future.
On Wednesday (July 27), Ismail Sabri said there will be no new MoU between the Federal Government and the Opposition, but they will still work together for the sake of the rakyat.
The prime minister said he intended to introduce more reforms such as splitting the public prosecutor role from the attorney-general.
Prior to this, there was widespread misinformation that the MoU would expire on July 31.
Instead, both Ismail Sabri and Harapan agreed in the MoU that Parliament should not be dissolved before July 31.
This means that Harapan was still obliged to support Ismail Sabri’s supply (budget) bills and any bills that were intended to test the prime minister’s support in the Dewan Rakyat.
Jul 28, PM: No extension of MoU