The government today should present the IRC report in Parliament to ensure that the government’s commitment to reforming the public institutions can be continued.
To set the path of economy recovery, the Government must step up job creation via a “Mission-Oriented” Industrial Policy
The RM35b PENJANA plan has its merits, but may still fall short in protecting jobs and supporting livelihoods. While some temporary reliefs are essential, the government must urgently look into a much-needed long-term economic reform for Malaysia.
There is a suggestion that workers should be upskilled to increase their income during the COVID-19 crisis. But in fact, skilled workers in Malaysia are still being underpaid.
Legislation like UK’s Fixed-Term Parliaments Act serves as a check and balance to the powers of a prime minister and prevent any possibilities of dissolving parliament and setting election dates based on favourable political arrangements.
Dewan Negara should lead to a healthy debate on policy issues rather than political rhetoric synonymous with the Dewan Rakyat. Covid-19 has been an opportunity to have a relook at the Dewan Negara as an important part of the government’s check & balance.
Malaysia’s low key attitude towards recent incidents and recommendations on how to balance between defending Malaysia’s national interests vs diffusing tensions..