A bill to limit the Prime Minister’s term will be tabled in Parliament

PUTRAJAYA: A bill to limit the Prime Minister’s term to 10 years is expected to be tabled at the next meeting of Parliament which will start on February 28, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has said.

The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said a study on this and another on anti-hopping laws were presented during an engagement session with leaders of all parties policies on December 22 last year.

“The first draft of amendments to the Federal Constitution is currently being considered by the political parties,” he said yesterday during a session with the staff of the Legal Affairs Division.

Wan Junaidi told parliament last year that Putrajaya would launch two polls to seek public comment before introducing legislation to limit a prime minister’s term to 10 years and prevent elected officials from defecting.

Recently, the minister also said anti-hopping laws are expected to be tabled next month.

In September, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced a series of reforms, including limiting the prime minister’s term to 10 years and introducing anti-hopping laws.

Regarding Malaysia’s falling ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021, Wan Junaidi said he was confident that the country’s position would improve with action taken against those who committed such offences.

He said the action of authorities such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police had given a positive perception of the country’s fight against corruption.

“I am confident that our CPI ranking will improve as the authorities’ action will leave a positive impression when corruption is addressed,” he said.

The index, Wan Junaidi added, is based on exposure and awareness that corruption is rampant in a country.

“If there is corruption in a country but cases and issues are not raised, then the perception is that such incidents do not or rarely occur in that country.

“Perception can also be positive when authorities take steps to fight corruption,” he added.

Malaysia fell five places to 62nd out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s 2021 CPI report.

In 2020, Malaysia was ranked 57th out of 180 countries, with 51 points out of 100.

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