The Parliamentary Services Act 1963 (PSA) had provided Parliament with rights to conduct its own administration, staffing and financing, keeping a clear line between the executive powers and Parliament. However, when this was repealed in 1992, the autonomy of Parliament was imperiled, with Parliament services moved to the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Department.
After a call by lawmakers to reinstate the bill in 2005, the Parliament Service Bill was declared ready to be tabled in January 2020, with a statement that the government is fine-tuning and reviewing the establishment of the Parliament Service Commission in November 2020.
However, that was the last time anything was reported on the PSA. It is important for this Bill to be passed and not forgotten, as it will be the line of clear separation between the executive and the legislature, reducing the possibility of undue influence on either party, while upholding transparency in the governing of the country.
September 3, 2021 The Parliamentary Service Act could be making a return soon as the reintroduction of the Act is on the agenda , Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on September 3. The statement by Wan Junaidi follows two weeks after former Senior Minister of Malaysia (Security Cluster) and Minister of Defence (2020–2021) […]
January 02, 2021 (PN) The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) with the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) and Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM), in a joint statement in June 2020, called for a multiparty agreement between political parties. It included six points that concerned parliamentary reform and equal constituency development funds (CDFs). One […]
November 24, 2020 (PN) The Parliament Service Bill, which will restore the autonomy of the Parliament, is now ready. The draft of the Parliament Service Bill has been prepared. The government is fine-tuning and reviewing the establishment of Parliament Service Commission,” de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan said in a parliamentary reply. The minister, however, […]
January 30, 2020 (PH) Putrajaya will table the Parliament Services Bill 2020 in March which will restore the autonomy of the august House, Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming said. In an interview with Oriental Daily, Nga said the bill will allow the legislature to be removed from the Prime Minister’s Department and, to […]