Reforming Malaysia’s regulatory regime is necessary to support the country’s aspirations to become a high-income and progressive nation by 2020 whose economy is competitive through private-sector driven and people-centred growth. The introduction of a National Policy on the Development and Implementation of Regulation (NPDIR) marked another important shift towards a government-wide approach to Good Regulatory Practice (GRP). Launched in 2011 and formalized in 2013 the NPDIR is an important step in establishing a whole-of-government commitment toward improvements of GRP in Malaysia.
Since then, progress has been made, however implementation challenges are emerging. Amongst others, there relate to the issue of institutionalization, monitoring, enforcement, awareness and accountability. Therefore, there is a need to strengthen the NPDIR in terms of policy and strategy, capacity to coordinate regulatory review across government, including public engagement, service delivery, and public sector governance.
In relation to this, section 2.3 of NPDIR pertaining to Periodic Review stipulates that “MPC shall initiate a review of the National Policy on the Development and Implementation of Regulations after 5 years or earlier if the need arise…”. It is pertinent for this initiative to be in parallel with other regulatory review initiatives in the Malaysia Productivity Blueprint and Malaysia’s Doing Business ranking.
Two consultation sessions were conducted with representatives from the relevant ministries and agencies in April 2018 at Putrajaya.
The objectives of the session were as follows:
- to gather general view on the implementation of NPDIR
- to assess the current practices on NPDIR implementation and identity gap for improvement; and
- to gain new ideas in strengthening the implementation of the NPDIR
Presentation slides for the consultation sessions can be downloaded here.