Rep hopes PM’s offer accepted by all

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: The offer made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as part of the Confidence, Supply and Reform Agreement (CSRA) with Parliament members should be accepted.

Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said the reforms offered will go a long way in terms of the betterment of the nation.

“I hope that the offer made by the prime minister is welcomed by all parties and will mark a new chapter in the governance of the country in line with the concept of Keluarga Malaysia,” he said.

He said this in a statement on Saturday (Sept 11), in response to the Ismail, who offered key reforms to the Opposition in return for its support in Parliament.

The premier’s promises include: to limit the prime minister’s term to 10 years; provide the Opposition leader with the same salary and resources as a minister and set an equal number of Opposition members in parliamentary select committees.

At the same time, Ismail also proposed to have bipartisan negotiation on Bills; involve Opposition members in the National Recovery Council; and amend the Constitution to allow expedite the implementation of Undi18.

Fazzrudin, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy youth chief lauded the proposed tabling of the Constitutional Amendment Bill for the implementation of Undi18 in the near future.

“I hope this is supported by all in line with the decision of the Kuching High Court which decided that Undi18 should be implemented before December 31.

“It is necessary for the government to expedite the implementation process of Undi18 which will enable 18- to 21-year-olds to play a role in the country’s democratic system and further understand the concept of governance,” he said.

The assemblyman also welcomed Ismail’s announcement to include Opposition party representatives in the National Recovery Council.

“This will encourage a ‘whole-of-society’ approach in recovering the country from the Covid-19 and economic crisis.

“This is in line with the advice of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who stressed the importance of a stable administration and one that is able to function normally in a country facing various crises,” he said.