Term limit for PM not as effective as it seems

Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

Dr Mahathir Mohamad holds the record of being the longest serving prime minister of Malaysia, and the record will never be broken if the proposal to set a term limit for the top executive is followed through. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 12, 2021.

FINALLY, a concrete plan for reform has been put on the table by new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who has largely retained most of the institutional changes proposed by his predecessor before his resignation. The timing of the proposal suggests that Ismail is in a far better position to implement these policies than Muhyiddin Yassin.

While reforms such as equal representation in select committees and a bigger role for the opposition in the legislative process would no doubt strengthen Parliament, there is, however, no visible merits in amending the constitution to limit the office of a prime minister to 10 years.

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