Malaysia: Harapan to pursue three more MOU promises from PM

  • Pakatan Harapan will pursue 3 remaining reform pledges made by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in their memorandum of understanding (MOU).
  • The 3 pledges include limiting the tenure of a prime minister to less than 10 years, passing a Parliament Services Act and amending the Parliament Standing Orders.
  • In a statement, Harapan’s presidential council said 15 out of 18 pledges in their MOU had already been implemented.
  • “The presidential council acknowledges the prime minister’s statement two days ago in which he said there was no need for a new agreement. This means that the agreement signed on 13 Sep 21, will be in force until Parliament is dissolved, as stated in Clause 2.1 of the agreement,” it said.
  • Now that the anti-hopping law was out of the way, Harapan said its representatives in the steering committee to implement the reforms in the MOU will seek a meeting soon with its government counterparts.
  • “(Our representatives) will also seek details of other (reforms) mentioned by the prime minister, including matters involving political financing,” it added.
  • On 27 Jul 22, Ismail Sabri said he intended to introduce more reforms such as a law requiring political parties to declare their source of funding and splitting the public prosecutor role from the attorney-general.
  • Both these issues were not outlined in the MOU, however, Ismail Sabri said there was an “understanding” on these matters between him and the opposition.
  • Both Ismail Sabri and Harapan agreed in the MOU that Parliament should not be dissolved before 31 Jul 22.
  • This means that Harapan was still obliged to support Ismail Sabri’s supply (budget) bills and any bills that were intended to test the prime minister’s support in the Dewan Rakyat.

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