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

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  • Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015

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 (pic) 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.

He noted there were MPs from both sides of the political divide who were "good actors" who merely wanted to show off their bravado during debates in disregard of Standing Orders and decorum.

"There have been accusations of late that motions raised on current issues are rejected although Standing Orders require 14 days notice.

"To overcome this, there must be changes such as having a ministerial or prime minister's question time where only 24 hour notice is needed every Tuesday and Thursdays," he told reporters during a meet the media session in Parliament on Tuesday night.

He said the special question time will allow an MP to pose a question within a minute while answers by ministers or the prime ministers must be given within three minutes.

Pandikar also said that Standing Orders will be distributed to the media covering proceedings so as to ensure that they are aware of the rulings made and report them accordingly.

"The changes are still being considered and must be implemented when Parliament convenes by March or April next year," he added.

Pandikar said that several other reforms are being considered but he was not at liberty to divulge them at the moment.

On the issue of media coverage in Parliament, Pandikar said that current renovations and restoration work on Parliament has resulted in space contraints.

He said there was a proposal to limit the number of media representatives to three to an organisation.

However, he said it was a mere suggestion and media could send the necessary numbers of representatives who may have to work under less comfortable conditions.
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