Prioritise the reform of private member’s bills in Malaysia

Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

If the government has no desire to pursue a policy, private members’ bills and motions may not even appear on Parliament’s order paper or even countered with a litany of government business. – EPA pic, September 26, 2021.

THERE was recently a discourse on how the Parliament should be given space to handle and discuss private member bills, and this is no less due to the fact that the former deputy speaker Azalina Othman Said had submitted a private member’s motion for a recall election bill during this parliamentary session.

Since the newly appointed Parliament and Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar categorically confirmed that Attorney-General Idrus Azizan Harun had been instructed by the cabinet to draft an anti-hopping law that will most likely be tabled in the foreseeable future, the chances of Azalina’s private member’s motion seeing the light of day and being debated is inconsequential for now.

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