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?