COMMENTARY

COMMENTARY

2020

Apa Yang Akan Berlaku Pada 26 November, Hari Penggulungan Belanjawan 2021 Ini?

A strong majority is important for approving the 2021 Budget in Parliament. For this to happen, a transparent, middle ground approach of amendments to proposed improvements is necessary. It is crucial in this pandemic that the Budget’s content is one that is able to both ensure health and catalyse economic well-being, rather than one that fulfills political agendas. Article in Malay.

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Should the 2021 Budget be rejected?

A strong majority is important for approving the 2021 Budget in Parliament. For this to happen, a transparent, middle ground approach of amendments to proposed improvements is necessary. It is crucial in this pandemic that the Budget’s content is one that is able to both ensure health and catalyse economic well-being, rather than one that fulfills political agendas.

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Why select committees need to analyse Budget 2021

An effective way for the government to manage the concerns and shortcomings of the 2021 Budget is through the scrutiny and review of a parliamentary select committee. This article details why and how this can be done through the new Finance and Economic Select Committee.

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Belanjawan 2021: Mengembalikan Dana and Kuasa Besar Kepada Perdana Menteri

Belanjawan 2021 telah memberikan dana yang besar kepada Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM), mengembalikan semula penusatan kuasa Perdana Menteri seperti pentadbiran BN. Artikel ini memberi gambaran awal mengenai analisis terhadap peruntukan JPM yang perlu dikaji dan dikurangkan agar ia dapat dijana kepada sektor yang lebih penting dan memperkukuh demokrasi negara.

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New PAC members appointed have ‘conflict of interest’

Concerns on conflict of interest arise with half of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members holding positions in agencies and statutory corporations under Ministries who are in effect, supposed to be watchdogs of government as members in the Committee.

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Lantikan baharu anggota PAC ada konflik berkepentingan?

Concerns on conflict of interest arise with half of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members holding positions in agencies and statutory corporations under Ministries who are in effect, supposed to be watchdogs of government as members in the Committee. Article in Malay.

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Memahami konsep Confidence Supply Agreement

Recent developments in Malaysia’s political landscape has stirred discussion on a potential Confidence Supply Agreement (CSA), its implementation and impact. This article explains the concept of a CSA and illustrates on its practicality with examples. Article in Malay.

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Budget 2021: Time for a political truce

To enhance bipartisan collaboration towards a Confidence Supply Agreement (CSA), it is important for both sides of the political aisle to be open and transparent to reach a consensus before tabling the Budget. The government needs to be committed in this regard and perhaps even give space to opposition MPs to draft its alternative budget.

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Belanjawan 2021: Masa untuk perdamaian politik demi rakyat

To enhance bipartisan collaboration towards a Confidence Supply Agreement (CSA), it is important for both sides of the political aisle to be open and transparent to reach a consensus before tabling the Budget. The government needs to be committed in this regard and perhaps even give space to opposition MPs to draft its alternative budget. Article in Malay.

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Budget 2021: Democracy in a balance

Budget 2021 will be the “mother of all budgets” because it will determine the direction of the country and set precedent for potential future health, economic and political crises. Bipartisanship is critical in ensuring the government does not face a shutdown period that will adversely affect the country.

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Parlimen yang diperlukan ketika krisis politik

The nation needs a stable government in times of crisis. In the “new normal” spirit, all parties need to work together in Parliament to face the health and economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Article in Malay.

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Understanding unemployment statistics

How do you read and understand the unemployment statistics? It is important to look behind the headline and understand the quality of the jobs being created.

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A new normal for Dewan Negara

Competition in the election of the Dewan Negara’s President is a paradigm shift and momentum of change to restore the function of the Senate which, for many years, was seen as weak by the people.

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Norma baru Dewan Negara

COMMENTARY INSTITUTIONAL REFORM DEMOCRACY good governance SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 Norma baru Dewan Negara by FAKHRURRAZI RASHID Sidang Dewan Rakyat baru sahaja berakhir pada 27 Ogos

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Kebiasaan baharu Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat

COMMENTARY INSTITUTIONAL REFORM DEMOCRACY good governance JULY 07, 2020 Kebiasaan baharu Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat by FAKHRURRAZI RASHID [For English version please click here] Pada 27

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Addressing ‘new norms’ of party-hopping

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.

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From pandemics to the climate crisis

Covid-19 and climate change are both quintessential collective action problems, where inaction on the part of any one nation can create adverse consequences around the world.

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Lifting up the Generasi Covid-19

It is a bad time to be young, but we can do something about it. How we empower and enable young people to help the country get through this tough time?

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