Putrajaya considering independent commission for law reforms

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong speaks at an event to mark Suhakam’s 20th anniversary in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya is studying the possibility of setting up an independent law commission to review and recommend law reforms to the government where needed.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong said a white paper on the proposed commission had been completed, with the next step to seek feedback from relevant stakeholders including the Bar Council.

“Malaysia is one of the few Commonwealth countries which do not have this commission yet,” he told reporters after his speech at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia here today.

“It can be chaired by a retired judge, a professor or legal practitioners who will assist in looking at law reforms.”

Even though he was a practising lawyer and the minister in charge of legal affairs, he said, another individual was needed to deal with law reforms following engagement with stakeholders and members of the public.

The report by the commission will then be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers before being given to the Cabinet.

Once approved by the Cabinet, he added, the law will be tabled to the Dewan Rakyat for debate to ensure more substantive discussion by MPs.

Liew said he hopes to submit the paper to the Cabinet next year.