A two-thirds majority will allow Pakatan govt to amend Federal Constitution


PETALING JAYA: A two-thirds majority will allow the Pakatan Harapan government to make amendments to the Federal Constitution and push through wide scale reforms.

Political analysts said that if a two-thirds majority were achieved, it would mean that the government could bring about reforms to the electoral process including re-delineation and minimising gerrymandering.

"It will strengthen the current government and let them make policy changes more easily.

"They can re-draw the borders of the constituencies or create new parliamentary seast," said political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Fuad Othman.

He said that a two-third majority, while common in Malaysian politics until 2008, was rare in other democracies of the world.

"But that is not necessarily a bad thing as it is permissible within our democracy.

"It brings about stability unlike some democracies like Japan where the razor thin majority brought about a government change every six months," he said.

Another political analyst, Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia, pointed out to the pros and cons of having a two- third majority.

"On one hand, you need a strong opposition to keep the current government in check, while on the other, a bigger mandate would allow the government bring about major reforms more easily," he said.

However, he said that a two-third majority was not the only way to table constitutional amendments for legislative and institutional reforms.

"Policy makers from both sides of the divide can come together to pass reforms that is good for the country but that requires a certain level of maturity in our politicians," he said.