Thursday, July 02, 2009

16 Months Later - PR sets up 25 'Cabinet Committees' - Better late than never...

March 2008 - the date of the last General Elections..

July 2009 - 16 Months later, and finally the Pakatan Rakyat has decided to set up Cabinet Committees (not a 'shadow cabinet') - 25 different Pakatan Rakyat(PR) Cabinet Committees.

Better late than never, and I think that this is a good move...

When is the implementation date? Who are the members of the different committee? Maybe, this information should be immediately made available on the Pakatan Rakyat website.

Each of these 'cabinet committees' should also have an e-mail address, which will enable us also to write to them...make proposals, seek clarifications, etc..

It should not just be a 'Respond Committee' - responding to matters brought up by the BN government, but it should also be a committee that formulates also PR proposals for dealing with certain concerns/issues affecting Malaysia and its peoples...Tell the BN how to deal with the issue - and not stop at just opposing BN proposals.

It seems that this PR decision is only with regard to Parliament - what about the State Legislative Assembly..

Pakatan Rakyat today announced the setting up of committees to correspond with the 25 ministries in the federal cabinet.

"There are 25 ministries and each ministry will have a member of parliament from PKR, DAP and PAS.

azmin ali parliament pc 240609"And the committees will also have specialists in respective fields to help the Pakatan MPs," said PKR vice-president Azmin Ali at a press conference in Parliament today.

He however stressed that this was not a shadow cabinet.

He added that the committees were established to enhance the quality of debate in the Parliament as the MPs would be better prepared.

"For the time being this is enough," he said.

Azmin said the first task of the respective committees would be to be well-prepared for the budget session in October.

DAP MP Tony Pua who was also at the press conference said Pakatan had not formed a shadow cabinet as it was not recognised by the Parliament as was practiced in other countries.

He said that in other countries the shadow cabinets were recognised and assisted by the Parliament to help with research to provide constructive feedback.

"In our case we will never get such a recognition... committees are more practical," he said. - Malaysiakini, 2/7/2009,
Pakatan forms 'cabinet' committees



3 comments:

KULO said...

just wondering what is the real reason of not having the shadow cabinet .. the reason given is not so believable .. is there an issue of who gets what position .. if that is the case, PR better have continuous discussions to address it .. otherwise how after next GE ??

anyway .. hopefully these committees would not only criticize the present government's mistakes & wrong-doings but also provide alternative proposals and suggestion on any issues

Bangsa Cina Malaysia said...

DAP PLEASE GROW UP.

HAVE YOU GUYS FORGOTTEN JE VIRUS AT BKT PELANDOK.

WE THE CHINESE ARE THE DIRTIEST CREATURE AROUND.

TAKE A LOOK AT SEREMBAN MARKET AND OTHER PLACES OPERATED BY THE CHINESE. IT IS A REAL DISGUST. AMAT MEMALUKAN AND BEYOND CURE.

FOR ONCE I AGREED WITH PAS ON THIS ISSUE.

Nehemiah said...

To resolve the doubts public voters are now having about the credibility, competence and viability of the fragile coalition, Pakatan should put these three committee members per ministry to openly discuss their views/policies (cross examined by the media or Internet media like Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider in a video telecast forum) and allow the public to vote online who is the most competent and fair to the rakyat in responding to issues such as:


1. Malaysia's Economic Conundrum: The global economic downturn and Msia’s new model to survive (sorry, Najib has won half the battle on this front by dismantling NEP on 30th June, in spirit if not fully in letter). So Pakatan has to work doubly hard on the new economic model.


2. Malaysia's Social Political Conundrum: The social problem of race and religion that is hampering the rakyat from moving forward. To what extent are these minister committee members open to a more flexible, intellectually free society or a more restrictive, closed society based on the narrow religious restrictions of one particular domineering faction of Muslims (no need to mention the partylah) ?

Read my suggestions at http://asianeconomies.blogspot.com/2009/07/shadow-cabinet-new-era-of-hope-or.html