The Recently-Concluded Parliamentary Session: A Participant’s Observations
MALAYSIA STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
Malaysia experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases less than a month after the Perikatan Nasional coalition took power from the former ruling coalition, Pakatan Harapan. Following this, parliamentary sessions were suspended and only resumed on 13 July, lasting until 27 August.
During this period, a number of motions and bills were passed, but not without incurring significant controversy. To cope with the abrupt change in the ruling coalition and the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some very detailed changes on the parliamentary agenda that helped the administration of the day.
An additional element added to the intensity of the proceedings. The majority of MPs from Pakatan Harapan are not unfamiliar with sitting on the opposition bench. However, this was perhaps the first time that some MPs from PAS and Perikatan Nasional sat at the front bench. The former were able to grill the latter with the inside knowledge they gained during their recently-concluded tenure in government.
In this webinar, YB Wong will unpack the July parliamentary seating and the political dynamics of both coalitions.
About the Speaker
Wong Shu Qi is the Member of Parliament for Kluang (2018 May-present) and a Member of Democratic Action Party (DAP). She was also a member in Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the Malaysia Parliament prior the change of government in February 2020. She was formerly the Johor State Assemblywoman for Senai (2013 May – 2018 April). Prior to her political adventures, she was a senior journalist at Merdeka Review. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
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