Political Funding Bill to be referred to PSSC before tabling, says Azalina

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Political Funding Bill will be brought to the Parliamentary Special Select Committee before being tabled in Parliament, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) said that the Dewan Rakyat Speaker would make an announcement on the formation of the special parliamentary select committees soon.

"The Political Funding Bill will first be referred to one of the parliamentary special select committees," she said while wrapping up her ministry for debates of the Supply Bill 2023 on Wednesday (March 8).

On Monday (March 6), Azalina had said that the government was committed to all of its reforms pledges, including its plan to set a two-term limit on the prime minister's tenure in office which would be presented to the cabinet soon.

"A fine-tuned policy paper on the Prime Minister's 10-year tenure limit will soon be presented to the Cabinet for a decision," she had said in a statement.

She said the Legal Affairs Division valued feedback from all Malaysians in their endeavour for continuous improvement and they were determined to bring changes to reforms that were identified as low hanging fruits as quickly as possible.

On the separation of powers for the Attorney General, she said that much discussion was still needed on this matter from all relevant stakeholders.

"I would like to mention here, if we look at the Parliamentary Services Act, some of the parliament officers do not agree to specialisation in some departments.

"They still want to be put fully under the government, they do not want specialisation for instance, so in terms of the act we need more discussion.

"Similarly, the Attorney General’s Chambers might also not want specialisation, so we need to discuss this too," she said.

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