Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Trimming the Fat in the PM's Department

The bloated Prime Minister’s Department has over 90 agencies and departments. 

It is good to know that the Pakatan Harapan government are undertaking a massive overhaul – and we can expect to see the number reduced to only 26 entities. 

According to the Star on Monday, forty will be re-designated to other ministries, five will be merged and 10 entities, which have 19 offices and task forces under their wings will be abolished. 

Nine have been given the green light to operate as independent bodies, reporting directly to Parliament: 

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Election Commission (EC), Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the National Audit Department, Public Service Commission, Education Service Commission and the Judicial Appointments Commission. 

The Attorney General’s Chambers will remain under the PMD but the prosecuting functions have been placed under the Public Prosecutor’s Office – which will now report to Parliament. 

And the Malaysian Parliament, which was also under the PMD, are an independent entity now. 

This key move sends the message that these institutions are meant to serve the rakyat, and not the government of the day. 

The next step is to establish a Parliamentary Select Committee to oversee the said institutions. 

This has to be one of the many institutional reforms that Pakatan Harapan promised Malaysians, 

At the World Cup’s knock-out matches played on Monday, two teams that are progressing to the last 8 are Brazil and Japan – the former thwarted Mexico to win 2-0 and the latter lost out to Belgium 2-3.

Sigh, no giant killing yesterday.

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