Kit Siang calls for CEP, IRC reports to be tabled as White Paper

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang says Parliament should debate proposals for institutional and political reforms promised in the PH election manifesto.

PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang has urged for the reports by the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) and Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) to be tabled as a White Paper in Parliament, which sits tomorrow.

The DAP supremo said these reports should then be referred to the Caucus on Institutional Reform and Governance chaired by Port Dickson MP Anwar Ibrahim.

Lim said Anwar, who is also the PKR president, should submit recommendations to Parliament within six weeks on the actions that should be taken on the CEP and IRC reports.

“This is to ensure that the Parliamentary meeting starting tomorrow will be able to debate proposals for institutional and political reforms, which are one of the five-pillar promises in the Pakatan Harapan 2018 general election manifesto, before it adjourns on Dec 5,” he said in a statement.

The CEP, set up after the May 9 polls, had interviewed more than 300 individuals from the public and private sector, as well as civil society groups, activists and academics. It has submitted its report to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad but the document remains a secret.

The IRC, meanwhile, was set up to look into the reform of important government agencies that had been the subject of political controversy, with the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), the police force, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Election Commission (EC) among the agencies reviewed.

The IRC had submitted its final report to the CEP and the Prime Minister’s Department in July last year.

Lim had, in October last year, proposed for the CEP report to be tabled as a White Paper.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was willing to make the IRC report public although a consensus must first be reached among the parties in Pakatan Harapan first.