Is your MP representing your views on public policy? And do you even care?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A general lack of interest when it comes to national-level issues may also explain why some voters do not participate in any discussions or seek out their lawmakers on policy matters. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

A general lack of interest when it comes to national-level issues may also explain why some voters do not participate in any discussions or seek out their lawmakers on policy matters. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — It is safe to say that we Malaysians are a vocal lot when it comes to politics (just check social media!) and during the general elections, many take the trouble to vote. Even if they are living far from where they are registered.

But does our involvement in how we want the country to be run stop there? Do we actively reach out to our MPs on proposed public policy issues like Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposed private member’s Bill — better known by its Malay abbreviation RUU 355 — to enhance the power of the Shariah courts?

Are their views on national issues representative of ours? Do we even know or care?

Malay Mail Online reached out to lawmakers, activists and ordinary Malaysians to find out more. Read more

Public sector governance: Filling the gaps — Latifah Merican Cheong

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY LATIFAH MERICAN CHEONG

opinion-clipart-k12118272MARCH 1 — Good governance is not a panacea for strong economic performance. But good, well designed economic policies show bad results when the implementation is not done with a good governance framework.

Case studies show that countries which prioritises developing governance capabilities of the public sector and the political leadership enables strong sustainable growth to happen.

At the forum on governance of Parliament to exercise oversight over the Executive in August 2016, the Malaysian Economic Association brought in MPs and parliamentary experts from the UK, Australia, India, Indonesia and our own MPs to debate on the value of parliamentary committees as an enabling mechanism for MPs to exercise oversight over the Executive and ensure accountability of government.

On February 13-14, 2017, MEA followed up with its second forum on economic governance with a discussion on the governance of the public sector itself.

The public forum and the closed-door round-table covered the evolution of the public sector governance framework, the ethics and transparency dimension of this framework and the efficacy of the governance framework for the implementation of economic and financial policies. Read more