Khairy Jamaluddin suggested a weekly debate between Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Opposition Leader Hamzah Zainudin during parliamentary sessions. He stated that it could be a platform for the opposition leader to prove their role as a check and balance to the government. The debate could be held at the beginning of the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQT) session, which takes place every Tuesday.
Khairy’s justification towards the weekly debates
The former Minister of Health added that the debate could also build the image that the opposition leader is a shadow prime minister, similar to the United Kingdom. He proposed that the Malaysian opposition follow another parliamentary practice of the UK by creating a shadow cabinet.
His proposals aimed to encourage the opposition to become more active in parliamentary debates and to show that they are interested in playing the role of a check and balance to the government.
However, Shahril Hamdan, former UMNO information chief, stated that the opposition seemed less interested in performing this role and was more focused on portraying themselves as champions of the Malay community. Khairy reminded that the opposition should not be generalised in this way.
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