Standing Committees for A New Malaysia
By Chang Yi Ning (P.104 Subang Intern, 2018) Executive Summary:
This paper is divided into three parts: a) introduction; b) case studies; c) recommendations.
This paper focuses on the formation of standing select committees for a new Malaysia. After decades of misrule, the Malaysian Parliament’s law-making role has been completely eroded by the executive. Forming standing select committees will go some way to rebuild and strengthen democracy for the new Malaysia.
In the following pages, the Norwegian, British and Malaysian systems are further elaborated upon. The paper examines their organisation and scope, sources of power, composition, proceedings, schedule, and budget, before finally making recommendations for Malaysia.
This paper makes the following recommendations: 4.1 Nine new standing committees to supplement the current five committees; 4.2 special select committees to be established on an ad-hoc basis; 4.3 with an annual budget of RM 11,400,000 to operate all 14 standing committees and ad-hoc special select committees.
In sum, these are the budgetary details proposed:
Public Accounts Committee and Constitutional Affairs
Standing Orders Committee
Committee of Privileges
Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Defence and Foreign Affairs
Standing Committee on Education and Entrepreneurship
Standing Committee on Health, Family and Well-being
Standing Committee on Business, Trade and Industry
Standing Committee on Transport, Works and Communication
Standing Committee on Resources, Energy, Environment, Science and Technology
Standing Committee on Human Resources and Social Affairs
Standing Committee on Housing, Tourism and Territories
Special select committees