Thursday, December 11, 2008

Abdullah’s reform Bills criticised

MPs described the Bills as hype and half-measures that will not make a substantial difference.

. . . to set up a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. . . . the Bills are an attempt to seek a compromise that will please neither the reformists nor those in the BN. While the Attorney-General's consent is still required for prosecutions,
“all hype that looks more like the same thing”. . . .a truly independent commission would have staff separate from the general civil service, and independent funding.
. . . the oversight committee comprising MPs should be set up under parliamentary rules to reflect the strength of the respective political parties in the House.
“It seems to be just another statutory board arrangement. Will MPs debate its report? If not, what's the use?”

The Bill on the Judicial Appointments Commission . . . proposes setting up a nine-man panel to make recommendations for appointments of judges to the High Court and above.
The commission, which will include four “eminent persons”, will recommend names but the PM has the final say. This was a compromise, after Umno objected to a whittling down of the PM's powers. . . [more]

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