Pakatan Harapan has many plans in store to empower Parliament and restore its independence as part of its institutional reform efforts.
This Kiniguide takes you through the plans as outlined in the Harapan manifesto.
Restoring Parliament’s independence
One of the key planned parliamentary reforms is aimed at taking power away from the prime minister, and giving it to Parliament.
This would place Parliament in a position to keep Putrajaya in check.
To this effect, Harapan plans to revive and improve the Parliamentary Services Act (PSA) - which ironically was repealed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1992 during his first round as prime minister.
Reinstating the PSA would restore Parliament's ability to manage itself administratively and financially, instead of being under the purview of the executive.
Now, reviving and improving the Parliamentary Services Act (PSA) will be a good move.
But consider, it had been Mahathir as PM in 1992, his 4th Reich, that he repealed the PSA so as to subjugate and control the Legislative. He had then rendered the august House of Parliament (Dewan Rakyat) into becoming his chattel.
He was a very oppressive PM, as was evident in his Ops Lalang where he has recently admitted was used (or misused) for his political ends.