Have political financing law in place before next GE, govt told

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been urged to pass the Political Financing Act before the next general election.

Parliament Special Select Committee (PSSC) on Human Rights, Election and Institutional Reform member Khoo Poay Tiong said it was an important and complex law requiring time for discussion, forming policies and the parliamentary process.

“We hope we can pass it during the current term and before the next general election.

“The government has also stated its commitment towards this Act and we welcome non-governmental organisations to engage with us and give their suggestions,” said the Kota Melaka MP

He said this at a press conference held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia (APPGM) on Political Financing in Parliament on Wednesday (May 24).

APPGM chairman Wong Chen said political financing was crucial to eradicate corruption among political parties.

“We have conducted two meetings and went on the ground through town hall meetings to explain why this is important to the people.

“If we don’t have this, anyone can donate to political parties which is detrimental to fighting corruption in the country.

“It is an important democratic practice and practised by advanced democracies globally.

“If we want Malaysia to reach the international level, for our government to function efficiently and without corruption, this is essential,” the Subang Jaya MP said.

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