AG's Chambers, Legal Division to study limiting PM's term, says Wan Junaidi

KUALA LUMPUR: The Legal Affairs Division and the Attorney-General’s Chambers are studying limiting the term of the Prime Minister to not exceed ten years, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (pic).

He said that a questionnaire on this has been uploaded to the Division's portal and views on the study can be submitted until Wednesday (Dec 8).

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), said the study on the issue was held to obtain the views of the people, government agencies, civil society organisations (CSO) and non-governmental organisations (NGO).

"A technical committee has also been set up under the CSA (Confidence-and-Supply Agreement) Steering Committee to study the proposal of the government based on holistic engagement sessions to set the policy,” he said in an interview on the 100-day Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family Aspirations) via Buletin Bernama on Tuesday (Dec 7)

He said amendments on the matter would be implemented in July 2022 after the detailed study is completed.

Wan Junaidi said the proposal to limit the tenure of the Prime Minister would be implemented so that there is no longer a situation where if the Prime Minister wins the election, he will continue to hold the post.

"As such, we decided through the Steering Committee that the term of the prime minister should be only for ten years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wan Junaidi said Parliament and the Attorney-General's Chambers are looking at formulating or amending the Parliamentary Services Bill 2022 and drafting the Parliament (Privileges and Powers) (Amendment) 2022 Bill.

He added that they are expected to be tabled during Parliament’s First Meeting in March 2022.

"With the reformation, the formulating or amending of the Acts, Parliament’s independence is assured and Meetings in the House would be more orderly,” he said.

Apart from that, Wan Junaidi said the Cabinet had decided on Sept 17 that the government enact a Party Hopping Law and added that a questionnaire was developed to be answered by MPs and the public from Nov 23 of this year to Dec 7 2022.

"To date, 7,000 civil servants had answered the questionnaire. The matter is among the government's efforts to obtain the views of all parties in setting the policy,” he said. - Bernama

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