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THE government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) have signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) dubbed as the Political Transformation and Stability MoU, which outlines six key areas that both political blocs will cooperate on.
Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the memorandum forms strong bipartisan cooperation that will uphold the spirit of “Keluarga Malaysia”, in line with the King’s Royal Address in Parliament yesterday.
“The King decreed all parties to practice democracy in seeking solutions to any problems to achieve a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable nation.
“The spirit of ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ which emphasises unity, agreement and togetherness is expressed in the MoU signed by the government and opposition this evening,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The six key areas in the MoU include enhancing the Covid-19 plan, administrative transformation, parliamentary reform, judiciary independence, Malaysia Agreement 63 and the formation of a steering committee.
The MoU was signed in Parliament yesterday by the PM and opposition leaders namely Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of PKR, Lim Guan Eng (DAP), Mohamad Sabu (Amanah) and Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau (Upko).
Also present were Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Rais Yatim, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun and other MPs including Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Seremban MP Anthony Loke, among others.
Ismail Sabri said the transformation introduced by the government not only leads to good governance in managing Covid-19 and propels economic recovery but it also acts as a catalyst to a conducive investment environment, thus leading to solid economic growth in the country.
“The government is confident that the MoU would not only be able to put aside political differences but also ensure that the nation’s journey to recovery is holistic and inclusive,” he added.
Prior to the MoU, Loke who is also PH whip said the coalition will remain as the opposition bloc and play its role in ensuring checks and balances to the government despite the MoU.
He said PH MPs will continue to observe and criticise any flaws that are present within the current administration while being vocal for the benefit of the nation.
“However, we will provide cooperation to the government for any bills and the processes surrounding the budget which require discussions and approvals from both sides,” he said in a statement.
Previously, Ismail Sabri said the government is committed to implementing parliamentary and administrative reform to restore political stability and manage the Covid-19 crisis.
He had also offered the implementation of Undi18 in the near future, the tabling of the Anti-Party Hopping Bill in Parliament, limiting the PM’s term in office to 10 years and balancing membership of the Parliamentary Select Committee between government and opposition MPs.
He also said all bills presented in Parliament will be collectively discussed, the inclusion of members from the opposition parties in the National Recovery Council and ministerial status to the Opposition leader.