KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 — The Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC), set up to give recommendations to the government concerning several key national institutions, has submitted its final report to the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) and Prime Minister’s Department last month, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the committee, comprising five leaders and experts in various fields had also briefed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 19 on the recommendations contained in the final report.
“By submitting this report, this committee has achieved their mandate before the period of 100 days that was set,” he said during the ministerial query session in the Dewan Rakyat.
He was replying to a question from Maria Chin Abdullah (PH-Petaling Jaya), who wanted to know when the IRC final report and additional report being submitted to the CEP and JPM would be made known to the Members of Parliament and the public.
IRC was set up last May and comprised former Appeals Court judge Datuk K C Vohrah; former Appeals Court judge and Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai; National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brig Jen (B) Datuk Mohd Arshad Raji; National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk S Ambiga; and legal expert and professor of law Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi.
Liew said the IRC was in the process of completing additional reports that would be submitted before the end of the 100 days.
“As the report and recommendations of this committee are based on the 60 long-term pledges contained in the Harapan Book, the government is in the process of reviewing this committee report before any decision is made.
“The decision to make this report known to the public will be made after the report is discussed in detail by the Cabinet in the near future,” he said.
Replying to a supplementary question from Maria Chin, who wanted to know whether related non governmental organisations and experts would be involved in discussing IRC’s proposed recommendations, Liew said the recommendations would be reviewed by the ministries instructed by the Cabinet to implement any of the IRC recommendations.
“And upon completion, it will be brought back to the Cabinet for approval and submitted to the Attorney-General for further action.
“The report will also be circulated to all MPs,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (BN-Jeli) who asked if the recommendations would be referred to Parliament or the Parliamentary Selection Committee. — Bernama