KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 – The cabinet has agreed to limit the term of the prime minister to 10 years, give greater recognition to the opposition, and introduce an anti-hopping law are among the list of reforms it vows to implement.
In a statement today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the “parliamentary and government transformation” is aimed at ensuring political stability in the government’s efforts to address the Covid-19 crisis and restore the ailing economy.
Ismail Sabri said these efforts are in line with the advice of Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the importance of a stable and functional government in times of crisis.
The prime minister listed seven reforms as part of the transformation, namely:
- Amending the constitution to limit the tenure of the Prime Minister to 10 years;
- Tabling an anti-hopping bill in Parliament;
- Ensuring balanced representation from among government and opposition MPs in parliamentary Special Select Committees;
- Implementing Undi18 to lower the eligible voting age from 21 to 18, and tabling relevant amendments to the federal constitution in Parliament;
- Ensuring all bills to be presented in Parliament, including the federal Budget, are negotiated and agreed to by all parties;
- Including opposition MPs in the National Recovery Council to obtain their views and recommendations; and,
- Providing the opposition leader with remuneration and facilities enjoyed by ministers.
Muhyiddin’s offer to allocate equal funds for all MPs, however, was not among the items listed by Ismail.
“The government is of the opinion that the main focus and priority of all parties at this moment is to ensure political and administrative stability in combating Covid-19 and recovering the economy,” Ismail Sabri said.
“These offers are also aimed at creating a new political landscape by implementing transformations and reforms in the conduct of governance, especially by empowering the role of the Parliament as an institution.
“At the same time, the government is committed to introducing even more transformations from time to time,” he said.
Ismail Sabri stressed that the reforms embody good values and consensus that go beyond religious, racial, and cultural lines.
“They are also in line with the spirit of upholding the federal constitution as the supreme law of the land.”