KUALA LUMPUR : Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposed seven-point cross-party framework for a bipartisan government is the result of engagement sessions involving Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz and two members of parliament from DAP – Tony Pua (Damansara) and Ong Kian Ming (Bangi) , to initiate parliamentary and institutional reforms, says a reliable source.
The negotiators were authorised by DAP top leadership to finalise the reform pledges, said the source.
Muhyiddin announced the seven-point proposals as requested by the DAP to express his commitment to initiate the reforms.
However, the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council issued a statement on the same night to reject Muhyiddin’s proposal and urged him to resign.
The seven-point proposals are:
- All members of parliament from all parties would receive equal allocations
- Accept proposals made by the opposition parties to improve National Recovery Plan by increasing allocation for Covid-19 Fund by another RM45 billion to assist people, the economy and upgrade health facilities.
- A new bill would be proposed to set a two-term limit for the prime minister post and a bill on anti-party hopping laws.
- Initiate parliamentary reforms and enhance monitoring to have a more balanced representation of MPs from both political divide.
- Voting age to be lowered to 18 without waiting for the process of automatic voter registration by tabling a bill in parliament
- A Supply Bill will only be tabled in parliament after securing majority support from MPs.
- The Opposition Leader is recognised and the position is equivalent to those of a senior minister.
SIN CHEW DAILY