Monday, December 13, 2010

Some MPs are just dumb!

I agree with DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin that our Members of Parliament (MPs) should learn how to enter into a constructive and quality debates. Their integrity as representatives of the rakyat must come with good and positive ideas as well (here).

They should also show decorum when debating besides showing greater responsibility in representing the people to ensure the nation's top legislature continued to remain relevant and effective.

"After over half a century, what is clear is that we can transform the parliamentary institution in our country to be on par with those of advanced nations like Britain. I believe MPs from both sides of the divide share this vision and mission," he said at the Parliament House, Monday.

During my early days as a 'Parliament' reporter, I remember the likes of Shahidan Kassim, Zubir Embong, Ismail Said, Anuar Musa, Anwar Ibrahim, Hu Sepang, Kit Siang, Karpal, Ibrahim Ali, Bujang Ulis, Hadi Awang and Lee Lam Thye as among the most 'vocal' MPs representing their respective parties. The Dewan Rakyat always erupted with hot debates between the two sides. While making the atmosphere lively, they were really good in the sense that the media never missed a single line they said.

To me, they were natural and gifted politicians in the sense that they knew how and when to launch 'attacks'.

MPs after Tun Dr Mahathir's era can be described as of 'middle and low' quality, except for a few veterans and upcoming politicians who really know what to talk.

I still go to the Parliament, on and off. Watching our MPs at debate sometimes make me missing the old Dewan Rakyat days when Zahir Ismail was Speaker. Some MPs of the present era go to the Parliament on to listen. Once a while they will join the bandwagon of banging the table before them when 'hot issue' was brought up.

If you are there, you will also notice a few of them just come for an hour of so (as not to lose their allowances). Whatever happens inside is none of their business and they never took part in any debate, unless their vote requires them to raise their hands.

Of course we need them to be at par with MPs in other countries, as DPM said. However, it is a fact that some of them need to attend special classes to become and behave like one. If you see them only for one term, you know what was wrong with them...

And the question which remains - who chose them to become MPs?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is not the question of who chose them to be MPs but who is going to bell the cat-DPM?

old BMW said...

ha ha ha! the dpm was dreaming of wanting to see malaysian mps achieve the class of the british.

the problem is, the quality of our mps is as good as monkeys!

masih di BH said...

hu sepang?

kau betul2 ingatkan aku lawak masa kita sama2 cover parlimen awal 80an.

ingat tak kita silap tulis: ahli parlimen sepang, hu sepang...'... editor berita harian pun tak perasan sampai akhbar dah terbit.

bagaimanapun, aku setuju dengan pendapat kau jai. ahli parlimen dulu lebih berwibawa berbanding sekarang ni.

Anonymous said...

who chose them to become members of parliament?

i dont care about the opposition but BN MPs are not actually delivering what they are suppose to.

some of them even failed in english and you expect them to be at par with others!

i second your opinion that some of them need to attend special class to become good reps!

gemini man said...

kalau orang macam inilah yang umno dan komponen barisan nasonal pilih sebagai wakil rakyat, nampaknya boleh kalah pada pru akan datang.

saya sendiri tengok mereka dalam dewan rakyat. cuma dengar orang lain berhujah. tugas dia cuma tepuk meja atau tepuk tangan dan buat 'booooo!' ke arah pembangkang.

ramai yang takda ilmu yg cukup untuk ikut debate. so, diam diri je lah!

anchorman said...

muhyiddin was day dreaming!

malaysian MPs. no standard, sorry to say. only dr mahathir, musa hitam and a few more are of world class. the rest gotta attend extra class!

Anonymous said...

i personally think the opposition MPs are better!

pedati said...

inilah akibatnya kalau salah pilih calon untuk bertanding kerusi parlimen. kebanyakan ahli parlimen umno adalah yang tak berjenis, tak pandai bercakap, otak kosong, jadi pak turut dan takda pengetahuan am mengenai sesuatu isu. datang parlimen cuma nak ambil elaun bulanan. suruh cakap pada media pun tak berani.

Anonymous said...

Salam tn,

Saya katakan YB2 ni tak cukup homework, tak cukup persediaan untuk berbahas di Dewan Rakyat. Elok kalau tn boleh namakan antaranya YB yg tidur di parlimen.

Terima kasih.

Anonymous said...

yes, the question that remains - who chose them if they are so dumb!

highly educated doesnt mean they are smart!

Anonymous said...

for next poll, i think the BN leadership should conduct a test for potential candidates. if they fail, replace them. we dont want a group of dump going to the parliament house!

kelambu putih said...

bang bujai,

inilah hasil pemilihan calon yang lemah oleh BN. ada calon yang tidak disukai rakyat tetapi dipilih kerana disukai pemimpin atasan. ada calon yang layak tetapi tidak dipilih. ada calon yang kurang layak tetapi terpilih kerana hubungan baik dengan orang atasan.

segulung ijazah atau PHD adalah kelulusan akademik semata-mata tetapi di segi keterampilan kepimpinan, ramai yang tidak lulus dengan cemerlang. ada calon lulusan SPM lebih bagus daripada seorang doktor di segi kewarasan, pendekatan, pengetahuan am, mutu kerja dan sebagainya.

kita tunggu sajalah calon jenis apa yang bakal diketengahkan pada pilihanraya umum akan datang...

Anonymous said...

nama je ahli parlimen tapi tak berani ketengahkan idea... wakil rakyat jenis apa ni?

elok suruh dia bela ayam je!

anak cina said...

let me suggest this - set up a special committee to monitor the progress of BN reps... who is active in taking part in debate and who is not... who always sleep in the dewan rakyat and who always go missing... etc.

also who contributes well to his constituency and who is not.

this will enable the prime minister as BN chairman to get rid of the unwanted reps in the next general election.

royalis said...

mana ahli parlimen kita ada kelas macam tu, kecuali dr mahathir dan beberapa lagi. najib pun tak sampai tahap tu.

masih jauh lagi....

ex-diplomat said...

you forgot the likes of king ghaz, pak lah (as foreign minister), tok mat, megat junid, sabaruddin chik, hashim safin....

they too created a parliamentary glory during their era.

king ghaz, for instance, was no match to other foreign ministers in asia then.

sad to say that in the present day, our MPs and ministers are only good at hitting out at the opposition. they tend to forget their duties to the people and country...

geng 100 said...

mana nak cari lagi ahli parlimen bertaraf dunia ni. dulu ada la, macam rafidah yang lantang bercakap di peringkat antarabangsa. ahli parlimen hari ini ramai yang tau ambil elaun bulanan je... betul tak jai?

anok klate di KL said...

saya setuju bahawa calon untuk ahli parlimen pada pru akan datang perlu menjalani satu ujian IQ sebelum layak bertanding.

saya harap datuk seri najib memberi perhatian terhadap perkara ini dalam usaha kita melahirkan ahli parlimen yang benar2 matang, berani, banyak idea dan membantu memartabatkan kedudukan parlimen malaysia