A Rahman, Nor Azura binti: Accountability in the parliament of Malaysia: A study on interruptions by the Chairperson in the Dewan Rakyat. - Bonn, 2021. - Dissertation, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
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author = {{Nor Azura binti A Rahman}},
title = {Accountability in the parliament of Malaysia: A study on interruptions by the Chairperson in the Dewan Rakyat},
school = {Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn},
year = 2021,
month = sep,

note = {The election of the chairman of the House of Representatives, a chamber of the Malaysian parliament, has always been determined by the ruling party. The centralization of executive power has also absorbed the function of the chairman, so that the chairman acts partisanly in parliamentary debates. Also, the chairman has developed into an institution that carries out agenda-setting within the framework of the parliament. This raises the conceptual question of whether legislation in Malaysia is still performed independently by the parliament. The observed patterns require an attempt to re-conceptualize the roles as well as the assigned meaning of various expressions of parliamentary routine, including those that are unwritten and informal, for instance those which can also be termed “subjective forms of rule” at one's own discretion. In my doctoral thesis, I apply an interdisciplinary analytical framework that relates to accountability studies, as well as micro-sociological direct interaction, the interpretations of procedural interactions in conversation, as well as studies of political discretion in parliamentary operations.
My main research question asks how the Speaker of Parliament fulfils his responsibilities by disrupting ongoing parliamentary debates. The thesis then asks about the significance of these interruptions in decision-making processes and what ‘agenda control’ means in this context. Two days of debates on the Internal Security Act on June 21 and 22, 1960 as well as debates on Security Incidents and Special Measures 2012 (SOSMA) in the House of Representatives of the Malaysian Parliament, are analysed. Both bills were selected because they are the life cycle (birth and repeal) of a bill. In my research, I relied on conversation analysis from ethnomethodology, and I also analysed patterns using the MAXQDA software.
My analysis shows the various mechanisms with which interruptions in the decision-making process in the Malaysian parliament are carried out, namely the request for clarification or justification, recalling, issuing warnings, asking about relevance and calls to keep order during the Debates. The results of the research reinforce the broader argument that studying the interruptions is essential in order to understand parliamentary processes. In addition, the results suggest that some aspects of parliamentary accountability are not simply removed (e.g. through partiality and inconsistency), as it is symptomatic for of what many scholars refer to as a parliament that passes legislation without proper scrutiny, but rather that there is a need to redefine the role of the chair in legislative processes as a part of the political representation of a parliamentary reform agenda.},

url = {https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11811/9291}

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