Political financing law should have been enacted before GE15, says Azalina

Law and institutional reform minister Azalina Othman Said said the law to govern political financing was on Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s radar.

PETALING JAYA: The law governing political financing should have been introduced before the last general election (GE15), Azalina Othman Said said.

The law and institutional reform minister said it should have been formulated at the same time as the anti-hopping law, Malaysiakini reported.

The anti-hopping law came into effect on Oct 5, five days before Parliament was dissolved.

“We need political financing laws during election time,” Azalina was quoted as saying, adding that such laws were on Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s radar.

However, she said that her focus right now was to amend the bankruptcy law as bankruptcy was “an immediate problem affecting many”.

“I am looking at all sorts (of legislation). Personally, I want to resolve problems faced by the rakyat (such as) matters concerning bankruptcy.”

The government plans to table amendments to the Insolvency Act 1967 that will discharge some 130,000 individuals from bankruptcy.

Apart from the Insolvency Act, the government is looking to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and Mental Health Act 2001 as well as abolish laws which criminalise attempted suicide.

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