Visit to Paris, France under the PIPA program by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, from the 29th of June to the 4th of July, 2015

I was invited by the French embassy in Kuala Lumpur to take part in an Invitation Program for Future Leaders (Programme d’invitation des personnalités d’avenir) from the 29th of June to the 4th of July, 2015. The following is a report of some of the key takeaway points from my program. I have omitted the names of the individuals I had official meetings with, but have included the institutions to which they are attached to. These takeaway points are the main lessons which left an impression with me, as a result of my visit.

Key takeaway points

1) Institutional reform in the National Assembly and the Senate

In my visits to the National Assembly (lower house) and the Senate and in my discussions with various individuals, I found that that there has been significant reforms in the legislative process on July 23, 2008. These reforms were part of a larger constitutional reform, the most significant since it was drawn up in 1958[1]. These legislative reforms include:

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