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Commission bills to be tabled before Abdullah leaves

PUTRAJAYA, 15 Oct 2008: Three bills on the setting up of three commissions on judicial appointment, prevention of corruption and special complaints will be tabled in Parliament before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hands over the premiership to his successor in March 2009.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the Judicial Appointment Commission Bill and the Commission on the Prevention of Corruption Bill would be tabled during the current Dewan Rakyat session.

The Special Complaints Commission Bill, however, would be tabled during the Parliament session scheduled for February 2009.

“These are the reforms that he (Abdullah) was talking about and we hope to do this before he goes. We are taking this measure so that all the prime minister’s pledges can be implemented,” he told reporters after attending the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Gathering organised by the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department, here today.

Abdullah had earlier listed three major initiatives to be implemented before handing over the premiership to his successor before his term as Umno president ends in March 2009. The first initiative is to establish the three commissions on the appointment of judges, prevention of corruption and special complaints.

The second initiative concerned the government’s commitment towards strengthening and widening the social security coverage and the third initiative is to renew commitment on efforts to create a united and harmonious nation. — Bernama


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