Why it is vital to establish legitimacy of the prime minister

Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

Until there is reform in the Malaysian parliament where confidence motions are given priority and may supersede government business, there is no hope for healthy competition in the house where the MPs decide who should govern the country, once and for all. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 19, 2020.

OF all the functions of parliament – among them legislation, scrutinising government policies or debating current issues – one that is perhaps often neglected or under-appreciated is the duty to ensure the prime minister and the cabinet fulfil their constitutionality requirement.

Given that the prime minister of Malaysia must be a member of parliament (MP) who is able to command the confidence of the house, the prime minister’s rule must first rely on the confidence of the house and continually draw his support from the majority of MPs.

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