As Parliament resumed Monday, Malaysia’s new leader has gained opposition backing support. Which is to prop up his weak government in exchange for a raft of changes.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob will sign an extraordinary cooperation. In addition to deal with the major opposition coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim later Monday. Also preventing any attempt to destabilize his reign in the run-up to general elections in two years.
In addition to the 114 lawmakers who support Ismail in the 222-member house. The pact will give him the support of 88 lawmakers from Anwar’s bloc.
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In a joint statement issued late Sunday, with the government and Anwar’s alliance. They said their bipartisan cooperation will restore political stability in the country. “In order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the economy”. They stated that they would concentrate on improving governance and parliamentary reforms.
The move came after Ismail proposed reforms last week. Also including new laws to prevent party defections and a 10-year term limit for the prime minister. He also promised to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18 years old. Which will ensure bipartisan agreement on any new legislation. However to seek input from the opposition on the country’s economic recovery. He also ensured that the position of opposition leader receives the same pay and benefits as a Cabinet minister.
Despite a crippling economic lockdown that began in June. Malaysia has recorded nearly two million COVID-19 infections and over 20,000 deaths.
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Ismail is Malaysia’s third prime minister after the United Malays National Organization. Which had dominated Malaysia since its independence from Britain in 1957, was dispose in a historic vote in 2018. However, Anwar’s reformist alliance fell apart due to huge defections.
In his inaugural address to Parliament on Monday. King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah praised bipartisan collaboration in helping the kingdom overcome its health and economic challenges. He claimed he got a lot of letters from the public explaining their problems and pleadings for change.
The king observed a minute of silence in honor of Ebola victims. Also cautioned politicians not to jeopardies the country’s future for personal gain.
Read more about the Malaysian Parliament: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_Malaysia