Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN
THE Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) is finalising a report on the move to separate the powers between the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the AGC, says Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the report would also include suggestions to amend Article 145 of the Federal Constitution and that it would be presented to the Cabinet by the end of the year.
“I have also received the latest update that a meeting was to be held today (yesterday) between the Attorney General, Solicitor General, Solicitor General II and head of public prosecution at the AGC to finalise the Cabinet meeting memorandum.
“This shows that we are serious in implementing this move, ” he said in reply to Khalid Abd Samad (PH-Shah Alam), who asked if the government had any plans to amend Article 145 to ensure a more transparent prosecution power in the Malaysian justice system.
Takiyuddin said the initiative was one of the strategies under the 11th Malaysia Plan as well as the National Anti-Corruption Plan.
He said the previous Pakatan Harapan administration had given an “excuse” that the move to carry out the separation of powers had to be postponed as an amendment to the Constitution was needed.
“At that time, they did not have two-thirds (representation in the House) but Muar MP (Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman) convinced both blocs in the Dewan Rakyat to support the amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
“The motion was supported by all MPs then, so this initiative can be done as well, ” said Takiyuddin.