Fixed parliamentary term act to respect electoral mandate, says Azalina

De facto law minister Azalina Othman Said says the Prime Minister’s Department’s Legal Affairs Division will conduct a detailed study and seek public opinion on the proposed fixed parliamentary term act this year. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 14, 2024.

THE proposal to enact a law for a fixed parliamentary term is not a desperate move, Law and Institutional Reform Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said.

Rather, it reflects the commitment by the unity government to respect the electoral mandate and democratic processes and to ensure political stability amid uncertain geopolitical situations, she said. 

As such, the proposal by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi regarding enacting a fixed-term parliamentary act is welcomed, said Azalina.

“There are many countries that practise fixed parliamentary terms with a timeline agreed upon for elections to ensure political and economic stability and to prevent power grab attempts that could harm their parliamentary democracy system.

“Fixed parliamentary terms will also ensure all reform agendas and policies can be implemented continuously without disruption,” she said in a statement today.

Zahid yesterday proposed introducing a fixed parliamentary term bill to ensure a sitting government is maintained until the end of its term. 

He said this would prevent the recurrence of instances where the prime minister was changed three times during the 14th parliament term. 

Azalina meanwhile said the Legal Affairs Division will conduct a detailed study, including impact assessments, and seek public opinion on the proposed law this year. 

She said the findings will be used for policy considerations by the cabinet.

“Engagement sessions with stakeholders will also be carried out soon,” Azalina added. – Bernama, January 14, 2024.

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