Monday, March 15, 2010

Expect more excitement from the Parliament...

Yang di-Pertuan Agong opens the first meeting of the third term of the 12th Parliament today. Seating arrangements were finalised much earlier to accommodate changes resulting from few defections of the PKR MPs.

Things to observe this time around are:

1. Will Anwar Ibrahim remains as the Opposition Leader since the party no longer holds majority on the Opposition bench? DAP has 28 seats now compared to PKR's 26 and PAS' 23. Although DAP and PAS said Anwar may continue, there was already some pressure for him to handover the baton to Lim Kit Siang.

2. As the number of Independents rose from 1 to 7, will they bring impact on the debates to take place? Will they lean towards the government or the other side?

3. Should there be more defections by any of the Opposition MPs, what will be the outcome of the Dewan Rakyat session when a 'defector' who opposes a Bill suddenly says yes the very next day? Rumors are rife about 10 more potential defects.

4. Will former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi turns up as he is still the legitimate MP for Kepala Batas? What about Rafidah Aziz and other MPs dropped from Najib's lineup?

5. Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, suspended for 12 months in March last year will be back. Will he create 'troubles' again?

6. The much said ISA amendment is ready. Will the Bill pass through to the Dewan Negara with the help of Barisan Nasional MPs. Remember when they almost lost the Budget when most of them failed to turn up last year?

7. How many of the 222 MPs will 'ponteng' most without any valid reason?

8. Problems in the PKR will get to the Parliament. Will there also be another move to push a motion for Anwar's trial be canceled and all charges dropped?

9. Will Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and his deputies able to control the seatings without much hiccups like last year?

10. How fast and successful will the Parliament pass and adopt any new Bills and Laws this time around without having to go for extra time?

11 comments:

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Anonymous said...

let us see who will become the clowns at dewan rakyat after this

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sinatra said...

the pm must give serious attention to the attendance of bn members of parliament. we dont want what happened last year to recur as we almost lost the votings.

all mps, irespective of their parties, must take into account that the rakyat who they represent want them to be there and become champions for their cause, and not for their own political interest.

time and time again, we see some mps did not deliver in many things except to take their monthly allowances.

kent said...

doesnt matter if paklah attends or not. he has made his contribution to the country and by the end of the term, he will no longer an MP.

we should appreciate what he has done for the country and the people.

u dont have to be cynical about it!

Anonymous said...

saya syorkan kepada datuk najib, mana2 ahli BN yang kuat ponteng sidang parlimen selepas ni, jangan bayar elaun dia dan jangan lantik semula pada PRU akan datang

senior reporter said...

bujai,

remember the days when we covered the parliament seatings?

i do miss it... clowns like hu sepang, shahidan kasim, ismail said, zubir embong and others.

N MASIR said...

saya dengar rafidah mintak jadi duta ke mana2 negara eropah.

pada hemat saya, dia memang layak kerana pengalaman luasnya di MITI dan hubungan baiknya dengan banyak kerajaan.

tak salah dia dilantik sebagai duta... sama macam datuk JJ jugak! JJ pun tak datang parlimen, apa!

Anonymous said...

anwar should step down as opposition leader. he is full of controversies. so, better appoint someone else!

BRAHIM JONDOL said...

ORANG YANG MENANG KALI INI DAN YANG BERUNTUNG IALAH IBRAHIM ALI DARI PASIR MAS.

KALAU DAHULU DIA KESEORANGAN DI BLOK BEBAS, DIA KINI DISERTAI ENAM ORANG LAGI!

judin said...

anwar is not fit to lead the opposition pact anymore. he must quit for good!

boleh blah!