Cross-party framework for bipartisan cooperation an outcome of engagement sessions

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:

  1. All members of parliament from all parties would receive equal allocations
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Initiate parliamentary reforms and enhance monitoring to have a more balanced representation of MPs from both political divide.
  5. Voting age to be lowered to 18 without waiting for the process of automatic voter registration by tabling a bill in parliament
  6. A Supply Bill will only be tabled in parliament after securing majority support from MPs.
  7. The Opposition Leader is recognised and the position is equivalent to those of a senior minister.


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