PETALING JAYA: A coalition of more than 60 civil society organisations (CSOs) has urged Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul and the finance ministry to provide more funding to the 10 newly formed parliamentary select committees (PSCs).
CSO Platform for Reform said this would enable the committees to operate beyond the confines of parliamentary sessions, which they were now limited to.
“Currently, the PSCs are limited to convening exclusively during parliamentary sittings, which may hinder their ability to effectively fulfil their intended roles.
“By securing adequate funding, the MPs involved in the 10 PSCs will have the necessary resources to delve into critical matters, ensuring they can effectively address issues and provide essential checks and balances,” it said in a statement.
The coalition also proposed the PSCs invite the CSOs to take part in meetings as observers, saying they could give insight and contribute to the committees’ effectiveness.
“We can offer substantial value-added inputs to the deliberations. Together, we can play a more influential role in driving reforms and contributing significantly to our nation-building endeavours,” it said.
On March 21, the Dewan Rakyat approved the formation of 10 PSCs for this parliamentary term, covering areas like finance, health, domestic trade, cost of living, and transportation.
Last Tuesday, Johari named the 10 MPs who will chair the PSCs, comprising representatives of the government and opposition blocs.