Anwar heads new Parliament caucus, Nurul Izzah now PAC member

The six new committees will be in addition to the existing five helping to run Parliament. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim will head a newly-created parliamentary committee on reform and governance, comprising members from both the government and the opposition.

Among its initial tasks will be to review the controversial rare earth plant Lynas in Pahang, according to a document distributed in the Dewan Rakyat.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has been appointed as Anwar’s deputy.

PPBM’s Mustapa Mohamed, Amanah’s Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, Warisan’s Ma’mun Sulaiman, and Azalina Othman Said and Nazri Aziz, of Umno, are also in the committee.

PAS is represented by Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) by Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

The committee is one of six new committees set up to reform Parliament and provide checks and balances to the government.

The others are the committee for consideration of bills; committee for budget; committee on rights and gender equality; committee on major public appointments; committee on defence and home affairs; and committee on federal-state relations.

The new committees will add to the five existing committees in Parliament.

The existing committees are the Public Accounts Committee; the Standing Orders Committee; House Committee; Committee of Privileges; and Selection Committee.

The report also disclosed several changes in the Public Accounts Committee with Nurul Izzah Anwar (PH-Permatang Pauh) replacing Akmal Nasrullah (PH-Johor Bahru). William Leong (PH-Selayang) will take the place of Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo).

The existing members are Wong Chen (PH-Subang), Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Bahru) and Wong Shu Qi (PH-Kluang). Ronald Kiandee (BN-Beluran) is the chairman.