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DAP backs limiting Sabah chief minister to two terms

Published on: Monday, September 26, 2022

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Phoong said many countries around the world, such as the United States and France, practice a similar policy to prevent absolute power that would lead to absolute corruption.

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah DAP Secretary Phoong Jin Zhe said he welcomed the proposed two-term limit for the post of chief minister in Sabah. Describing it as a good start, the Assemblyman from Luyang urged the GRS government to introduce more reform programs. “Four elected members of the Sabah DAP State Assembly will support the state constitutional amendment if the government is ready to table the bill to limit the post of Chief Minister to two terms.

“In fact, the two-term limit on the post of prime minister was originally the idea proposed and carried out by the PH-DAP,” Phoong, who is also the youth leader of Pakatan Harapan Sabah, said in a statement. a press release on Sunday. He said that many countries around the world, such as the United States and France, practice a similar policy to prevent absolute power which would lead to absolute corruption. “The DAP has been consistent in its defense of institutional reforms, we are happy to see this reform agenda come to fruition and implemented, the Chief Minister should table the Bill without delay,” he said. He said that Penang, which is ruled by the DAP-PH, amended the state constitution in 2018 to limit the post of chief minister to two terms, adding that this showed the determination of the DAP-PH to strengthen the democratic institutions. “The proposal to limit the position of chief minister was one of 36 reform program proposals submitted to the chief minister by Pakatan Harapan Sabah last year. “Other reform proposals include allowing all elected officials to participate in district-level action committee meetings that focus on addressing livelihood issues and natural disasters.

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“Most importantly, the proposal also includes 13 reforms for the Sabah Legislative Assembly, the creation of special select committees, the appointment of an opposition member to chair the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and all of this is already practiced in Parliament. “This not only strengthens our democratic institutions, but also moves Sabah forward towards building a more mature democracy. “I would also like to remind the chief minister to table the state constitutional amendment on the anti-jump law to ensure that the political frog culture is truly eliminated from Sabah,” he said. He said the opposition played a bigger role than just providing checks and balances as constructive solutions to the government. “We support good reform programs, but that does not mean we are prepared to compromise our principles to blindly support all government bills. “The state assembly has very limited improvement in terms of democratic reforms. For example, so far for 2022, we have only sat for eight days to discuss many people-related issues. We should be doing more and the government should not neglect this.

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“The select bipartisan committees will be a good start for the Sabah Legislative Assembly to seriously consider various proposals for institutional reforms to move Sabah forward,” he said.
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