Justice Minister: Cabinet approves in principle three questions on parliamentary reform

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De facto Justice Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar at Dewan Rakyat, April 11, 2022. – Bernama pic

Friday, June 03, 2022 5:07 PM MYT

PUTRAJAYA, June 3 – Cabinet has given its approval in principle to three issues under the proposed parliamentary reform, Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliament) Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has said.

These matters, discussed at its meeting on Wednesday June 1, concerned the wording of the Parliamentary Services Act, amendments to the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 (Act 347) and a draft code Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament, he said in a statement today.

He said the Parliamentary Services Bill would consider the establishment of the Parliamentary Services Commission as part of the administration of Parliament, which has autonomy to determine the policies and governance of the Parliament of Malaysia.

Among the issues to be considered are the proposals to set up a system of parliamentary services and to obtain financial resources and an annual budget for Parliament from the Consolidated Fund regulated by the Parliamentary Services Commission itself, in accordance with the principle of separation of powers.

According to Wan Junaidi, the Parliamentary Services Act 1963 was repealed by the Constitution (Amendment) Act 1992 [Act A837] as of November 20, 1993, when the abolition was to meet the need to then open up the closed parliamentary service to the federal public service.

Wan Junaidi said the amendments to the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 (Act 347) were seen as important in making the law more relevant and relevant to the current situation.

He said the law was formulated in 1952 as the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Ordinance 1952 and amended in 1953 before being implemented the same year. Then, in 1988, a revision was made to transform the ordinance into the existing Law 347.

“Other than that, no changes have been made since 1953,” he added.

Act 347 concerns the powers and privileges of the House of Parliament, freedom of speech and debate in House debates, and the protection of persons engaged in the House Newspaper Service.

Wan Junaidi said the amendments to the law would contain provisions prohibiting lawmakers who have been charged in court from attending House business.

“It is still being refined to adapt to developments and existing regulations of the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said that he suggested that the Code of Ethics for Deputies be drafted, which is different from the provisions of the Rules of Procedure of the Chamber of Deputies.

The code of ethics would present a more detailed guide to the conduct and discipline of MPs inside and outside the chamber, as has been practiced in several other countries, he said.

“The proposal to introduce this code of ethics is in line with practice in other countries, including India and New Zealand,” he said.

Following the Cabinet decision, Wan Junaidi said he had asked Dewan Negara Chairman and Dewan Rakyat Chairman to convene meetings of the committees they chaired to decide on the framework and engagement with stakeholders. related to relevant laws. — Bernama

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