THE CSO Platform for Reform is urging the government to expedite the implementation of the Fixed Term Parliament Act. This crucial piece of legislation is poised to bring about institutional reforms, providing stability and certainty to the electoral cycle.
“By setting a specific time frame between elections, this act aims to curb arbitrary dissolution of parliament, promote accountability and ensure the smooth functioning of our democratic institutions.
“The Act will discourage opportunistic calls for snap elections and foster an environment conducive to long-term policy planning, promoting effective governance and economic investments by locals and foreigners for the benefit of all Malaysians,” said the CSO Platform reform steering committee.
Moreover, the Act is expected to empower citizens by instilling confidence in the electoral process and creating a more level playing field for political parties. It will contribute to a political landscape where elected representatives can focus on addressing the nation’s challenges without distractions by frequent talks of a potential change of government.
The CSO Platform for Reform commends the commitment of the BHEUU (Bahagian Hal Ehwal Undang-Undang) to conduct a detailed and comprehensive study, including an impact study and public consultations, on the introduction of the Fixed Term Parliament Act.
The organisation is of the view that such a thorough examination is vital for informed decision-making and policy consideration by the Cabinet.
“We believe that such a thorough examination is crucial for informed decision-making and policy consideration by the Cabinet. As advocates for institutional reform values, we express our readiness to collaborate with BHEUU and other stakeholders in this endeavour.
“We appreciate the unity government’s commitment led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in respecting the electoral mandate, upholding the democratic process and ensuring political stability amid uncertain geopolitics.”
Furthermore, CSO Platform for Reform stands prepared to engage strategically in upcoming stakeholder sessions, offering its expertise and insights to facilitate robust and inclusive discussions.
The organisation noted that a collaborative approach involving civil society, government agencies and political parties will contribute to the successful enactment of the Fixed Term Parliament Act in Malaysia. – Jan 17, 2023
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