PETALING JAYA: The 13 major reforms announced by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition “are confusing” as the same declarations were made 20 years ago, said a senior Umno member.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Keruak, in his blog, said the 20-year-old 13-point reform agenda was the reason the opposition gave when it wanted to oust Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“(They told the rakyat) we need to remove Mahathir so that these reforms can be implemented, and as long as Mahathir remains the prime minister, Malaysia will never see reforms.
“Today, they tell us Mahathir is leading this agenda for reforms,” he said.
The minister was referring to the PH convention today which confirmed Mahathir as its prime ministerial candidate should it win the next polls.
Some of the 13 intended major reforms of the coalition are to reform Parliament to make it into an independent institution, take immediate steps to restore the economy and undertake comprehensive institutional reforms, including educational and social reforms.
Others are to limit the term of the prime minister and make top public posts such as the heads of the police, Election Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, as well as the auditor-general and attorney-general answerable to Parliament, and appointed directly by the Agong.
Salleh said to make Mahathir their prime minister to help fight for Anwar Ibrahim’s release from jail, when Anwar was sent to jail in 1998 in the first place because of Mahathir, is a very confusing state of affairs.
However, Salleh said reading through the list of proposed reforms was like reading copies of earlier declarations.
For example, he pointed out PH’s intention to reform Parliament and make it an independent institution.
He said Malaysia’s parliamentary system was like the British Westminster where parliamentarians voted along party lines.
“It’s not like the US Senate or Congress where they vote across party lines.”