MPs get another avenue to quiz ministers in Parliament

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting - Pic from The Star Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting – Pic from The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — The Ministers’ Question Time (MQT) is set to take up half an hour of every Tuesday and Thursday during Parliament meetings to allow MPs to pose questions to the government on any issue.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, after the simulation exercise of the MQT yesterday, told the press that the MQT will be held before the Question and Answer Session of a sitting.

“To be implemented at the sitting on October 17, Ministers’ Question Time will be from 10am to 10.30am,” he was quoted saying by English language daily The Star.

According to the report, questions during the MQT will be limited to one minute to be asked by an MP, while the minister concerned will be given three minutes to answer, which is followed by an additional 30 seconds for additional question, which the minister must answer within two minutes and 30 seconds.

Pandikar said questions for the MQT only need to be submitted a day before the sitting, compared to the Question and Answer Session which requires questions to be submitted 10 days in advance. Read more

Government accepts parliamentary reforms

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Govern­ment has accepted recommendations on parliamentary reforms, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia announced.

He said the proposals included the setting up of a special chamber to consider motions raised by lawmakers on pressing current issues.

“There will be a 30-minute Ministerial Question Time on Tues­days and Thursdays where MPs will be allowed to ask ministers questions,” he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday. Read more

Speaker seeks to pass parliamentary reforms by session’s end

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Parliament - MMO File pic

Malaysian Parliament – MMO File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 ― Establishing a special chamber to discuss matters of public importance, dedicated time to question ministers and shortening a notice period to 10 days to ask additional questions are among several parliamentary reforms the government hopes to pass by the end of the Dewan Rakyat’s third session.

The Lower House Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said the Cabinet has already greenlighted the first phase of reforms to be carried out in an effort to expedite the passage of legislations.

“By this parliamentary session, my committee would be meeting and we will implement it soon,” he told a news conference on efforts to transform Parliament.

Pandikar said the federal Cabinet has agreed to three out of four amendments suggested for the first phase; adding that the fourth is still being studied. Read more

First of three-stage Parliamentary changes to be presented soon

Source: The Star Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting - Pic from The Star Online

Malaysian Parliamentary sitting – Pic from The Star Online

PARLIAMENTARY reforms will comprise three phases, with the initial one expected to be presented to lawmakers during the current sitting.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, who revealed this, said amendments to Parliament’s Standing Orders that did not involve changes to the Federal Constitution would be proposed first.

“This will include creating a Second Chamber and a Ministers’ Question Time.

“The second phase is to bring back the Parlia­ment­ary Ser­vices Act to ensure parliamentary independence in terms of staffing and budget, while the third phase is to create a Law Commission,” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday. Read more

Malaysia gets ‘D’ in global watchdog’s survey on defence corruption

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo of TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar. TI-M today called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to oversee the defence and security sector in order to curb the risk of political corruption. — Picture by Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Malaysia scored a “D” in a Transparency International survey this year that indicated a high risk of corruption in the defence sector, worse than Singapore’s “B” grade.

The Malaysian chapter of the global anti-graft body, Transparency-International Malaysia (TI-M), expressed concern with Malaysia’s score in the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI 2015), despite the country doing slightly better than the previous GI 2013 survey in which Malaysia scored a “D-”.

“With formal regulations governing the actions of military personnel and independent investigative organisations like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Malaysia is in a good place to build its anti-corruption framework,” TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar said in a statement today.

“But significant vulnerabilities to corruption persist as a result of a weak legislative scrutiny, opaque budgets, weak whistleblower protections, and insufficient anti-corruption training in institutions,” he added.

According to the GI survey, Malaysia scored an “E”, which means a “very high” risk of defence corruption, in the operations risk category.

Malaysia’s best-performing category was personnel risk, in which the country scored a “C”.

Malaysia was graded “D” in the other categories measured—political risk, financial risk and procurement risk. Read more

Parliamentary reforms will include special question time for MPs, says Pandikar

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The coming parliamentary reforms in Dewan Rakyat will see special time allotted for MPs to question the Prime Minister and his ministers on current pressing matters.

This is one of the reforms Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia aims to bring to Parliament.

He said the reforms were crucial to uphold the dignity of Parliament as the “heart and soul” of the nation and not done as a popular move.

“I am willing to step down if Parliament dignity is tainted,” he said, stating that he intended to step down earlier this year as plans to reform Parliament was not carried out. Read more