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Parliamentary democracy in the new Malaysia

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The new Malaysia needs systemic reforms to fight corruption and make government transparent and accountable. Wong Chen will provide a first hand account of the reform agenda in Parliament. He will highlight the hope and sometime contradictions in the approach to reforms.

The very first new Malaysia parliamentary sitting in July/August 2018 failed to pass any meaningful democratic reform legislations. This may be due to time constraints. However the lack of a comprehensive road map for systemic reforms is more worrying. With the limited real engagement and continuation of a long standing top-down approach, some backbenchers are organising their own reform agenda. The push-and-pull for reform is expected to be played out in a restrained discourse for the next six months. Beyond that, a failure to reform may herald a new adversarial politics between the executive and Parliament.

Wong Chen is a second term Member of Parliament (MP) from Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Formerly the MP for Kelana Jaya, he is now the MP for Subang. He won the Subang seat in May 2018 with a 83 per cent landslide. He is the public policy technocrat responsible for the last four Pakatan Harapan Alternative Budgets. He specialises in economic, fiscal and international trade policy.

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