Overhauling Malaysia | Institutional Reforms

Many Malaysians placed great importance in the promised institutional reforms promised by the then opposition PH government. Many voted for PH in hope of these reforms to improve the country’s broken-down institutions. 

Institutional Reforms |  

What are some of the reforms that the IRC may be recommending to the government?

Posted on July 10, 2018

Reform Government institutions – the Committee for Institutional Reforms (IRC) is to collect information, examine, identify, and fix important government institutions and agencies.  The PH government in its GE14 manifesto had promised Malaysians institutional reforms.   Some of the reforms that the IRC may be looking into could include:-

  • Restore the powers of Parliament

  • Limit the executive power and ensure that there is the separation of powers

  • The structure of judicial appointments

  • Abolish oppressive legislation, namely the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012

  • The structure key government institutions and agencies, namely the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Election Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and enforcement agencies such as the police

  • Introduce proper procedures and vetting system in the appointment of key government personnel with the aim of achieving a corruption-free society

  • Introduce a parliamentary confirmation process in the appointment to key positions in the government as practised in Australia, the US, Europe and the UK

  • Widen the power to review and investigate institutions that either receive or spend monies from the government by the auditor-general

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