First House sitting to test new Kuala Lumpur government's will for reforms

Staff preparing for Monday's Parliament session in Malaysia. Ninety of the 222 lawmakers who will take their oath are first-time MPs, the highest number since Parliament first convened in 1959. The 20-day sitting is expected to focus on rolling back
Staff preparing for Monday's Parliament session in Malaysia. Ninety of the 222 lawmakers who will take their oath are first-time MPs, the highest number since Parliament first convened in 1959. The 20-day sitting is expected to focus on rolling back controversial laws enacted by the previous administration.PHOTO: BERNAMA

GST expected to be repealed; other pledges made by new coalition still being reviewed

Malaysia's Parliament sitting on Monday will be closely watched as a new coalition occupies the government benches for the first time in six decades.

This historic session, the first since Pakatan Harapan (PH) swept to power in the May 9 election, will also test the new government's ability to push through promised widespread reforms that were key to its upset win over Barisan Nasional (BN) two months ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline 'First House sitting to test new KL govt's will for reforms'. Print Edition | Subscribe