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The 1st Parliamentary Sitting of the Pakatan Government

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The 14th Dewan Rakyat
The Lower House of Representatives of Parliament

Posted on July 16, 2018 

Today, July 16, 2018, is the inaugural sitting of the new Pakatan Government, the 14th Dewan Rakyat parliamentary sitting.  This is this first time in Malaysian history for a non-BN led government in Parliament.  This first Parliament session of the new Pakatan government and the Dewan Rakyat will sit for 20 days. Malaysia’s Parliament comprises both the Dewan Rakyat (lower house of representative) and the Dewan Negara (upper house of representative). 

First Task - Overhaul of Government Institutions and Agencies Posted on July 16, 2018 
In Pakatan’s manifesto, they promised to overhaul the government institutions and agencies. It has been announced that starting from today’s first parliamentary sitting (July 16, 2018) of the new government, the following nine agencies will report directly to Parliament and operate as independent entities to reduce the political influence by the ruling political party: 
  • The Election Commission
  • The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
  • The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia 
  • The National Audit Department
  • The Public Prosecutors Office
  • The Public Service Commission
  • The Education Service Commission 
  • The Judicial Appointments Commission
  • The Dewan Rakyat Select Committee
First Task - Overhaul of Government Institutions and Agencies Posted on July 16, 2018 
In Pakatan’s manifesto, they promised to overhaul the government institutions and agencies. It has been announced that starting from today’s first parliamentary sitting (July 16, 2018) of the new government, the following nine agencies will report directly to Parliament and operate as independent entities to reduce the political influence by the ruling political party: 
  • The Election Commission
  • The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
  • The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia 
  • The National Audit Department
  • The Public Prosecutors Office
  • The Public Service Commission
  • The Education Service Commission 
  • The Judicial Appointments Commission
  • The Dewan Rakyat Select Committee
Great Expectations of Institutional and Structural Reforms Posted on July 16, 2018 
All eyes are on this first parliamentary sitting.  There is a great anticipation of the massive restructuring of government institutions, both promised in the GE14 manifesto and also the newly announced reform initiatives.   Institutional and structural reforms are crucial to set the new foundation in building a new Malaysia. Some of the new reforms that are expected to be proposed at this first sitting which includes reformation or abolishment of several oppressive laws such as the Anti-Fake News Act and Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 as promised.
A five-member for Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) was initiated in May 2018 with the sole task to collect information, examine, identify, and make recommendations to fix important government institutions and agencies and strengthen the government as a whole through reforms.
In their GE14 election manifesto, PH promised Malaysians to look into laws that unfairly protect those in power against the general public.  These laws are vaguely defined and the power to use and abuse them lies in the hands of the BN government through institutions that were controlled by them.  These are some of the institutional reforms that Malaysians hope would be reformed or repealed by the new government:-
  • The Sedition Act 1948 
  • The National Security Council Act 2016 
  • The Prevention of Crime Act 1959 
  • The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 
  • Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 
  • The Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 
  • The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 
  • The Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 
  • The Peaceful Assembly Act 2012
  •  The Penal Code 
  • Biro Tata Negara 
  • National Service Training Programme 
  • Bernas’ monopoly on rice 
  • The Mandatory Death Sentence

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Dewan Rakyat begins sitting today

The First Meeting of the First Term of the 14th Parliament Session will begin today, after the 14th General Election which saw Pakatan Harapan forming the new government. | Read more > | SunDaily

 

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Dewan Rakyat begins sitting today

The meeting will begin at 10 am with the appointment of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker being the first business on the agenda. | Read more > | Malaymail

 

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Dewan Rakyat's first post-GE14 sitting begins today

The first order of business will be the appointment of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed yesterday that the post will be filled by former Appeals Court judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yunos. | Read more >  | NST

 

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All eyes on the clash of opposites

BATTLELINES are being drawn in Parliament today as the first meeting between the Pakatan Harapan government and the Opposition convenes after the May 9 polls.
| Read more >  | TheStar

 

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Cooperation and collaboration between govts to be boosted

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is confident that the federal government will continue to strengthen its ties with the Sarawak government despite the latter not being part of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. | Read more > |  BorneoPost

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