Five key themes to move Johor forwad

๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ

Upon my appointment as the State Opposition Leader by Pakatan Harapan Johor, I have expressed my intention to lead a constructive opposition that builds on bipartisanship in the hope to propel Johor forward and to safeguard the interests of Bangsa Johor.

I have written to the Menteri Besar, YAB Datuk Onn Hafiz bin Ghazi, on behalf of the Johor opposition, to propose the following thematic bipartisan select committees to be established in the Dewan:

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† (๐—๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ)

Good governance and integrity are fundamental to any government and public service. Best practices recommended by the committee shall be adopted across the state agencies, state GLCs, and local authorities to ensure effective, efficient and clean governance.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—จ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด (๐—๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ต ๐—œ๐—ธ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ)

Climate change is an increasingly important issue. Floods, heatwaves, and other disasters continue to remind us that climate actions are needed. There is also a need for better planning for our cities and rural communities including infrastructures, public transport systems, housing, cleanliness and flood mitigation.

To form a committee in the Dewan means these issues could be addressed in a bipartisan manner and also to encourage wider public participation in shaping the future of Johor in these subjects.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ-๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป (๐—๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ท๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ-๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ)

Singapore matters to Johorโ€™s economy and wellbeing in a big way, far more than to other states in Malaysia. Similarly, Singapore is heavily reliant on Johor for various resources that it lacks. Having a committee in the Dewan to examine issues relating to Johor-Singapore relationship would help formulate long-term bipartisan ideas and policies to ensure closer people-to-people exchanges, flow of goods and services, and economic opportunities between Johor and Singapore.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ (๐—๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ž๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ)

The Malaysian Federation needs a reset. The current constitutional arrangement concentrated too much power in the central government, at the expense of the states like Johor. It is the legacy of the previous one-party state dominated by an UMNO prime minister that had all the state chief ministers and menteris besar taking instructions from the PM. The time has changed.

Malaysia needs a federation that gives the Johor state government more power in health, economic development and education, just to name a few, and a higher share in income tax collection from Johor. When the Constitution was framed in 1957, tax sources from land were crucial whereas income tax was hardly featured then. But today, it is the reverse and income taxes form the largest part of federal revenue.

Sharing of income taxes with the state government is not a zero-sum game. The more economic development and the more collection means both federal and state benefit from a larger pie.

This is a huge topic and a very important one for the future of Johor, befitting serious bipartisan effort.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ (๐—๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ท๐—ฎ๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ)

For the wellbeing of ordinary Johoreans and the future prosperity of the Johor economy, there is a need to build consensus across the political aisle and with the community to upgrade and reform our economy.

Issues such as creating better jobs with better pay, the cost of living crisis, youth unemployment, technological upgrade and innovation all deserve more attention and bipartisanship.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

During my courtesy call to the Menteri Besar on 16 April, we discussed at length the importance of select committees. On 21 April, the Menteri Besar told me privately that the idea of bipartisan select committees is โ€œon my radarโ€, and he had also told the media that he looked forward to setting up these committees.

Functioning thematic bipartisan committees will ensure elected representatives are well-versed in policy matters and develop policy focuses and fortes for themselves, which will improve the quality of public debates inside and outside of the Dewan.

Letโ€™s move Johor forward with these key themes.

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