After lashing out at the government for allegedly interfering in parliamentary affairs, Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia today carried through with his promise for parliamentary reforms.
Malaysiakini learnt that Pandikar outlined four reform goals including the revival of the Parliamentary Service Act (PSA) and the introduction of an hour of ‘Minister’s Question Time’ every week where MPs can ask questions to ministers without prior notice.
He did so while chairing the House Committee meeting today.
The PSA allows Parliament to hire its own staff and handle its own finances to ensure its independence but the law was repealed in 1992.
The ‘Minister’s Question Time’ slot will address MPs’ complaint that they must submit question more than a month ahead, rendering the subsequent replies outdated or overtaken by events.
Another proposal is for the introduction of a second chamber where matters and motions, that do not need the House to decide on, can be raised.
The fourth proposal is for the creation of permanent select committees such as law reform committee and budget committee.
When contacted, DAP’s Seremban MP Anthony Loke (photo), a member of the House Committee, confirmed this to Malaysiakini.
He added the four reforms were personally outlined by Pandikar. Continue reading