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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Class Mind Elected Representative...When Are We Able to Achieve That?

When the opposition is not happy with the Speaker, they would stage a walkout. More often than not, they (the opposition) claim that the Speaker has been unfair to them. But how fair can the Speaker be when the Speaker is normally from the ruling party? There is, of course, no possibility of the Speaker to be fair to both parties. And our people representative, be it the Members of Parliament or the State Assemblymen, they should be fully aware of this.
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I remember at one (1) time the opposition Assemblymen in Kelantan (BN) staged a walkout during the sitting as they were not happy with the Speaker. Later, the opposition Members of Parliament (if I remember correctly during the 2000-2004 term) stages a walkout from Parliament. Even recently they did the same as a sign of protest when their motion to debate on the vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister was not allowed on technical ground.
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Then, on 28/6/2008, the opposition State Assemblymen in Perak (BN) stage a walkout from the sitting as what Tajol Rosli described as “they (the Pakatan Rakyat) played us (BN Assemblymen) out” when Raja Ahmad Zainuddin was allegedly denied the chance to debate.
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The latest one is from Negeri Sembilan when today, 27/8/2008, the opposition State Assemblymen (the Pakatan Rakyat) stage a walkout from the State Assembly as a sign of protest on the House’s decision to delay their queries during the question and answer session.
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The Perak Assembly Speaker, referring to the walkout by BN State Assemblymen said that they (the BN State Assemblymen) were childish and that they were here (the House) to bring forth the problems of the people, not to carry out their own agenda in order to get publicity. On the other hand, the Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar described the action taken by the Pakatan Rakyat State Assemblymen as “irresponsible”. He went on to say that “they (Pakatan Rakyat) are treating this August house like a circus. We do not need cowboys here ... you have been elected by the people and you are duty bound to be in the House during proceedings”.
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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/6/26/nation/20080626170332&sec=nation
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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/27/nation/20080827144654&sec=nation
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Well, I do agree with both statement by the Perak Speaker and the Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar. To me, whether they are from BN or PR, our elected representatives, be it in Parliament or State Assembly are, to certain extent, immature and childish. They act like children. If they are children (like those days in the early 80’s where we had this TV program called “Mini Parliament” on every 31st August and the so-called “MPs” were indeed children), then I can understand but the problem is they are all adult who are supposedly able to think maturely and properly but they are trapped in children’s level of thinking. Even those children in Mini Parliament acted and behaved much better than our elected representative.
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As I said earlier, they should be fully aware that there is no way that the Speaker can be fair to both parties, as the Speaker is from the ruling party. Whether the Speaker is from BN or PR, they tend to be bias to their own political side. There is no doubt about it. So, I just can’t understand why do our elected representative need to stage a walkout from the House when upfront, they know that they will not be able to get a fair treatment? Don’t they know that they are being elected to debate issues that are being raised professionally and rationally? They are paid for that. So, when they stage a walkout, it is like an employee taking time-off from his office or worst still, missing-in-action (MIA). I mean, when you take a time-off, you will need approval from your boss. Without approval, it is called MIA. In this case, we are the boss of our elected representative because they work for us. So, when they stage a walkout from the House (definitely without the approval from the people), they are actually “MIA” and that is an offence because they are being elected and paid to be in the House in every sitting and to debate and fight for the people they represent. So, by staging a walkout from the House, they are not able to debate and fight for the people, hence, they fail in their duty as an elected representative.
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In a nutshell, our elected representatives are yet to have first class mind, as they are not able to act professionally and think rationally. By staging a walkout, they are putting their own interest on top and above the people’s interest. What advantage do they have by staging a walkout? There is none because without them in the House, the sitting can still go on and at the end of the day, who will be the loser? It is the people and not them because a lot of people’s issue could not be debated because our representatives are not in the House to do their work. Our elected representatives who stage a walkout does not lose anything because they still get their salary/allowance at the end of the day and on top of that, they get the free “leisure” time for being outside the house.
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Forget about a first class mentality among the people when our elected representatives are mentally retarded.

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