PETALING JAYA: A clear framework on how the Government will achieve the pledges in its election manifesto is necessary, said Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pic).
A framework, he said, would help Malaysians understand and keep track of the work that the Pakatan Harapan administration was doing.
“The rakyat (people) believe that the politicians, who have come together from different political parties, will try to be consistent in following through with what they said (they would do).
“But my advice is to put these (changes) in concrete terms. Make it clear, using a framework, so that whatever they say can be trackable for the future,” he said during the roundtable discussion on The Reform Agenda and the Role of Civil Society at the University Malaya alumni clubhouse here yesterday.
Also present were G25 founding member Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies CEO Tan Sri Michael Yeoh and Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance co-chair Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria.
Razali said having a framework was the “first” thing that the Government needed to do to ensure transparency in the new administration.
He also said there was a need for an independent third party to ensure the rights of Malaysians were protected.
“I am talking about an ombudsman. We must convince the Government that we would have to have a structure where there is a third party, paid for by the Government but thoroughly independent from the Government – more independent than Suhakam – that would be able to protest,” he added.
Noor Farida urged the Government to fulfil its promise of separating the attorney general from the public prosecutor role.
“There is an inherent conflict of interest (without the separation), especially when the AG has to prosecute,” said Noor Farida, citing the conflict that arose when former AG Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali had to handle the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case.
“I hope that it can be done soon,” she said, adding that this however would require a constitutional amendment.