Brace for legislative transformation post-coronavirus, says former minister


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Former minister in charge of law Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (pic) has called for creative changes in laws and legislation to further protect the people following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Pengerang MP said the government must brace itself for inevitable legislative changes as the pandemic continues to change global politics, economy and social structures.

"For instance, employment laws are a priority as it affects the lives of millions of people during Covid19.

"Other laws include civil law, criminal law, the Insolvency Act, Companies Law, local government laws, etc," she posted on Facebook on Thursday (April 9).

Azalina said no responsible government could merely get by with “business as usual” and must instead take proactive measures with the support of both sides of the political divide.

She said with the judicial system temporarily at rest due to Covid-19, normal court attendance and physical presence of key judicial players (judges/ lawyers/ clients/ court staff) become non-operational.

"Justice delayed is justice denied. How do we maintain democratic processes and uphold social justice?

"Regardless of which side of the lower house the MPs sit, they will be asked these questions by their respective constituents – did you debate in Parliament for the passing of these laws?

"Did you prioritise our safety and best interest when these decisions were made?" she added.

Azalina also asked whether there would be more unity and solidarity among parliamentarians across the political divide to support supplementary budgets and new legislative initiatives.

"Will Covid-19 compel us to embrace a much needed new concept of patriotism?

"Will partisan politics of MPs remain relevant in light of Covid-19?" she said.

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