Anwar takes check and balance to another level with bipartisan special select committees for ministries

Chong (third left) in the Parliament Special Select Committee on Nation Building, Education and Human Resource Development's first meeting on June 8, 2023.

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KUCHING, June 9: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has taken check and balance in the government to another level by setting up several Parliament Special Select Committees for all important ministries.

Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen said this allows not only the government backbenchers, but also Opposition MPs to play a role in the check and balances of the executive branch’s power.

Chong, who is also Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman, said the committee system was first introduced only after the change of government in 2018.

Prior to that, when DAP was in the Opposition, he claimed that they had tried to push for such systems but to no avail because the then government was reluctant to practice more transparency in its administration.

“The setting up of various Parliament Special Select Committees is one of the major reforms implemented by the unity government under Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“All the committees will comprise MPs from both sides of the House so that the committees are in a better position to provide a check and balance on the Executive,” said Chong in a statement today.

He said the Parliament Special Select Committee on Nation Building, Education and Human Resource Development in which he was a member of, had its first meeting yesterday (June 8) with the Education Ministry.

Chaired by Opposition MP Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, he said the select committee which consists of nine bipartisan MPs listened to the briefing by the secretary-general of the Education Ministry. — DayakDaily