Selangor Passes Two Key Reform Bills


In March 2011, exactly three years after the government of Selangor state changed hands, two key pieces of reform legislations were passed. With that, the policy competition that had been expected since the last general elections between governments at different levels goes into high gear.

POLICY REFORMS CAN be a drawn-out and laborious process, but once in a blue moon you get a sudden windfall – and this makes it all worth the wait. In the March 2011 Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting, two significant things took place.

First, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Enactment Bill (Selangor) 2010 was tabled for the third and final time, thereby creating Malaysia’s very first FOI Enactment (whether at state or national level).

Second, the state assembly also passed an amendment to the National Forestry Act 1985 to require public inquiry before any de-gazetting of forest reserves.

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