Selangor Journal

Institutional Reforms Committee



The Institutional Reforms Committee has submitted its “Report of the Institutional Reforms Committee” dated 16 July 2017 to the Council of  Eminent Persons. The Committee will be meeting the Council this week to  brief them on the recommendations made.  The Report contains recommendations pertaining to seven key institutions as  well as reforms to laws that impinge upon fundamental liberties. These  recommendations are what we consider to be necessary steps for the reforms  that the country needs. The areas of reform we examined are:

1. Parliament

2. Elections

3. The Judiciary

4. Law Officers and Legal Service

5. Anti-Corruption

6. Police and Immigration

7. Communications, Media and Information

8. Human Rights Institutions and Laws

In the course of the Committee’s work, we also made several immediate recommendations to the Council of Eminent Persons on matters which we  considered to be urgent, most of which have been incorporated in the Report.

In preparing the Report, the Committee benefted from the representations of many individuals and organisations who provided us with written and oral  submissions. This gave us vital information and shaped our thinking on the ills  that required remedial measures. The Committee received about 1,000  submissions, letters and e-mails from the public. We thank everyone who took  the time and trouble to make submissions to the Committee and those who attended dialogue sessions with us.There were many written submissions which, while not connected directly with the scope of our study, raised issues which require attention. We are  referring these to the relevant government agencies for their action.

There were several areas of national importance which could not be sufficiently dealt with in this short period of time. We have recommended that  further studies be conducted on these issues.

There were representations of a personal nature which we could not deal with as they are beyond the ambit of this Committee.  The Committee would like to acknowledge the privilege of having been  assigned this work in the context of a new Malaysia. We are also thankful to  have the assistance of a very able volunteer support team and an efficient  Secretariat.


Institutional Reforms Committee

17 July 2018

Dato’ KC Vohrah (Chairperson)

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan

Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai

Brig Gen Dato’ Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)

Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi

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