PETALING JAYA: The rationalisation proposal to make nine agencies independent entities and which reports directly to Parliament is seen as a welcome change by many.
However, several concerns have been raised, especially in the event of an elective “dictatorship”.
Senior lawyer Datuk Roger Tan said if there was an absolute majority in Parliament one day, the issue of an Executive dominance would arise.
He called for the Committee of Institutional Reforms to look into how to prevent this from happening.
“It is a good move to preserve the independence of institutions, such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Election Commission, but it may not necessarily be good if one day the Government has an absolute majority in Parliament.
“We must have necessary safeguards against any abuse, especially by the Government of the day that controls Parliament.
“If one day we have an elective dictatorship, the Government will then be able to take control of these institutions,” he said.
Tan said that posts such as the MACC chief commissioner or the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioners should be elected by a bipartisan committee, comprising MPs from both divides.
He said there was also a need to amend the Acts of the respective commissions for them to be appointed by the committee.