KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) welcomed proposals made by the Law Minister YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar on the tabling of an Anti-Party Hopping Law (AHL) and limiting the Prime Minister’s term.
These proposals were presented to MPs and Senators in parliament for their feedback and views.
Given how fractious Malaysia’s political dynamics have become, an AHL is a positive step in the short term.
IDEAS’ Senior Manager of Democracy and Governance Unit Aira Azhari commented: “Although we can understand the need to curb the practice of party-hopping, as it has clearly caused instability in our politics and undermines trust in our democracy, several questions must be raised.
“As for the proposal to limit the term of office for the Prime Minister, we believe this is a positive move which will avoid the potential of abuse of power by any individual who holds the office and to curb the excessive concentration of power in the office of the Prime Minister, which has been a stumbling block to a healthy democracy in Malaysia. Once again, we remind the government that civil society must also be included in the deliberation process for this proposal.”
With proposals as important as AHL and limiting the PM’s term, it is crucial that consultations with a broad spectrum of society are conducted consistently and transparently.