PUTRAJAYA: Socio-cultural adviser to the government Tan Sri Rais Yatim has proposed that a new Prime Minister’s Act be drafted or the Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Pension Act 1971, which was used previously, be amended in order to place the country’s former prime ministers under the Act.
He believed that the act could preserve the country’s prime minister’s institution besides avoiding political issues, freedom of speech and other matters that were not beneficial to the nation from being exploited.
“The act can give respect and appropriate value to someone who has held the post of prime minister. The act may also involve views on someone who has held a leadership role to undergo the process of becoming an ordinary person.
“It could include the clause that one could not talk bad or criticise anyone (after no longer holding the position). The act may involve the deputy prime minister and chief secretary to the government,” Rais said when officially launching the Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Gallery Open Day, here yesterday.
According to him, Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Pension Act had never been abolished until today because it was exclusively for the nation’s founding father and first prime miniter, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, who died in December 1990.
Rais said that he is giving his opinion on the act as someone who had the experience of serving under five prime ministers, from the late Abdul Razak Hussein in the 1970s right up to the current PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“I will present my view to the prime minister later. It is up to him to decide,” he said. – Bernama