Gov’t, Pakatan sign historic bipartisan agreement to push for reforms

IN line with Istana Negara’s call for bipartisanship, the Government and Pakatan Harapan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), covering six areas of reforms.

Called the Memorandum of Understanding on Transformation and Political Stability, the areas which will be covered in the agreement are:

  • Strengthening COVID-19 plan and response
  • Governance transformation
  • Parliamentary reforms
  • Strengthening’ Judiciary’s independence
  • Honouring Malaysia Agreement 1963
  • The formation of a steering committee to manage the MOU

While details are still hazy, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Pakatan leaders had promised to elaborate on the matter later.

The Government team was represented by the premier himself and Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa at the signing ceremony.

Pakatan, on the other hand, was represented by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, its secretary general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and its national organising secretary Anthony Loke.

Parti Amanah Negara was represented by president Mohamad Sabu and deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub.

New entry into Pakatan, United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko), was represented by president Wilfred Madius Tangau and deputy president Donald Peter Mojuntin.

Earlier today, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong al-Sultan Abdullah Almarhum Sultan Ahmad Shah urged the Government to consult all quarters to find solutions in getting Malaysia out of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Therefore, I laud the Government’s move to reach out to all parties to resolve issues plaguing my subjects. Bipartisanship is the way forward and it will be bring maturity to our political system.

“The people are yearning for this and I stress on the adage: Winners should not win all and losers should not lose all,” His Majesty was reported saying. – Sept 13, 2021.

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