C - Political Reform C00. POLITICAL REFORM

C02. Limit the Prime Minister’s term of office and restructure the Prime Minister’s Department

Pakatan Harapan 38 May 10, 2018
In progress
May 2018

Dr M: Spad, Jasa, JKKKP, Pemandu, NPC all dissolved

Malaysiakini May 23, 2018

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced the dissolution of five government bodies and committees - the National Council of Professors (NPC), the Federal Village Development and Safety Committees (JKKKP), the Prime Minister's Department's Performance and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) and Land Public Transport Commission (Spad).

May 2018

Limit the Prime Minister’s term of office and restructure the Prime Minister’s Department

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018

The length of office for the Prime Minister shall be limited to two terms only. This will also be applied to the post of Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers. The Prime Minister will not simultaneously hold other ministerial posts, especially the post of Minister of Finance. The number of Minister and Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department now is too large. There are 10 Ministers and 3 Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department. This raises the question of what role they actually play. The Pakatan Harapan Government will lower the number of Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department to a maximum of 3 only. Other responsibilities will be passed to the rightful ministries. The current financial allocation to the Prime Minister’s Department is also too big, allowing the possibility of a wide range of misconduct at the highest level. In the first year of our administration, we will reduce the allocation to the Prime Minister's Department from more than RM17 billion per annum now to less than half, that is RM8 billion only. The Prime Minister’s Department currently has too many agencies, creating overlaps with agencies in other ministries, and making the Prime Minister like a king. The Pakatan Harapan Government will reduce the number of these agencies by moving them to the relevant Ministries. The Pakatan Harapan Government will also remove the Prime Minister’s ability to manipulate key institutions by creating stronger check and balance mechanisms. Relevant powers will be decentralized to other bodies, including to the Parliament.