Quo Vadis Malaysian Parliamentary Reform: Democracy, Not Autocracy


Despite inheriting the best traditions of the Westminster Parliamentary system, Malaysia’s Parliament is commonly seen as nothing more than a rubber stamp, unable to check and balance the ever-expanding executive power held by the government of the day. Many lawmakers and scholars have called for parliamentary reform to thwart this trend.

In late May 2015, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia outlined several suggestions for parliamentary reform including the introduction of an hour of “Minister’s Question Time”, second chamber and more parliamentary select committees. Yet, recently the Speaker also announced the suspension of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Are our lawmakers serious about making Dewan Rakyat more democratic? How can we reform the institution of Parliament so that it regains its rightful power to make laws and hold the government accountable?

Join REFSA’s public forum to hear our panelists discuss the agenda and the importance of parliamentary reform in Malaysia. Come and understand more about the real function of parliamentary democracy.

* Early birds will receive a free copy of the exclusive members-only REFSA Quarterly magazine which focuses on important and pressing issues faced by our local authorities, such as an issue like “will local government elections erode Malay rights?”.

Date: 21st August 2015 (Friday)
Time: 8.00 p.m
Venue: Auditorium, 1st Floor, KLSCAH


1. Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, (CEO of Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) )

2. Anthony Loke Siew Fook  (MP for Seremban)

3. Rafizi Ramli  (MP for Pandan)

4. Liew Chin Tong (MP for Kluang)

Moderator: Wong Shu Qi  (Deputy Executive Director of REFSA)

Please sign up registration form at this link.

Organiser: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)

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