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Political party financing: The reform agenda in Malaysia


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A recent report demonstrates how political finance in Malaysia does not yet have an adequate regulatory framework, with no comprehensive law regarding restrictions on money to be used in election competitions, thus facilitating corruption.

The absence of such restrictions causes inequality in electoral competition. The reporting and audit process of political finance is also not comprehensively regulated. This conference elaborates on the findings of the report.

Keynote speech: Musa Hitam, former Deputy Prime Minister

Panel members:

  • Ooi Kok Hin, researcher, Bersih 2.0 – “Political party financing in Malaysia – Time to implement public funding for political parties?”
  • Aira Nur Ariana Azhari, manager, democracy and governance unit, Ideas – “Election fundraising and spending by political parties in Malaysia: Enforcement and challenges”
  • Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj – “Political financing law – Consideration from political party’s perspective”

Moderator: Prof Abdul Halim Yusof, deputy chairman, Bersih 2.0

Organised by: Bersih 2.0 and Perludem

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