The PSC on electoral reforms may take 1 year for wrapping up its findings which will receive inputs from all sector of society! If this were the timetable considered then there is no hope that the 13th GE will benefit from it and the newly elected government from 13th GE may just dump the recommendations from the PSC given that the members of PCS may not be around after the elections! They may not seek re-election, may lost or even pass away, if we go by the death rate of past elected politicians! What do you make of it if the PSC’s recommendations will not be in time for the 13th GE? If the 13th GE were to be delayed for the PSC-will the BN undertake to not call snap election ahead of it?
Deputy Speaker: Polls reform panel hearings likely to take a year
Bahasa Malaysia Editor
He told The Malaysian Insider that “it is a matter of great importance to public interest. It is best we discuss it in-depth and involve all stakeholders including Bersih, NGOs, the Bar Council and civil society and also hold a public inquiry.”
With speculation that Datuk Seri Najib Razak will call snap elections soon, Wan Junaidi’s (picture) comments today could mean that the parliamentary panel would only present its findings after the next national polls.
The Umno president has also delayed party polls that was due in April this year but the party’s constitution requires that it can only be delayed by 18 months, which is in October next year — exactly when Wan Junaidi believes the PSC will begin wrapping up.
Wan Junaidi also said that with Hari Raya falling next month, it was best to form the PSC during the October Budget session.
“There is just two weeks left before Aidilfitri. We have no time,” he said, adding that it was “illogical” to rush things as Parliament will sit again on October 3.
According to the Standing Orders, a select committee can only be formed by a motion while Parliament is in session.
Wan Junaidi said “a motion to hold an emergency sitting must be tabled two weeks in advance and then we need a week to arrange for the meeting, so it will take three weeks.”
With Hari Raya at the end of the month, and Parliament meeting soon after that, he said that “I don’t see the logic and rationale of calling an emergency sitting.”
Tens of thousands took to the streets to support Bersih’s July 9 rally for clean and fair elections in defiance of warnings of police action, which finally resulted in nearly 1,700 arrests, scores injured and one ex-soldier dead.
The government crackdown led to international criticism and a group of Malaysians even protested when Najib visited London, a rare experience for any Malaysian prime minister abroad.