Fixed-term Parliament will bring stability, says expert

THE proposed Fixed-term Parliament Act has caused controversy among experts and politicians but legal practitioner Mohamed Shahrul Fazli Kamarulzaman said it is to ensure that the life of the parliament remains up to five years and of course, to ensure a stable government.“We look at it from the objective point of view of the proposed Fixed Term Parliament Act and also the existing Anti-Hopping Act. These two have different objectives.“This Fixed Term Parliament Act intends to ensure that the lifespan of the parliament remains up to five years and that the prime minister’s right to advise early dissolution must involve the members of Parliament and cannot be done outside its jurisdiction.“While the Party Jumping Act is to prevent MPs from jumping out of the party, this is a different issue. In any case, don’t misunderstand because these are different things and different goals,” UMNO-Online quoted him as saying.He also said the opposition can also take advantage of the time available without fear of a snap election and all members of the rakyat are entrusted not to overthrow the prime minister and the government that is functioning.On the other hand, it also gives the ruling government the time to implement its agendas, which should be good for the public and the country in general.Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi previously suggested that a bill to keep a government running the country until the end of the term be tabled in Parliament.He, who is also the Rural and Regional Development Minister, is reported to have said that this is to ensure that the incident of changing the prime minister three times in the 14th Parliament term is not repeated in the future.Other UMNO members have given their backing for the proposal, including the Law and Institutional Reform Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said who stated that a detailed study will be carried out to see the implications of the enactment of the act.

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