A week before Tenang nomination day (Jan 22), I was talking to blogger Jebat Berkokok about covering the 14th by-election. On the 20th, Merlimau state seat also fell vacant when its assemblyman died, making it (possibly) the 15th by-election in about less than three years.
I told him the government should regulate that all nominees for the general election should undergo a thorough medical test to ensure they are fit to be called State Assemblymen or Members of Parliament.
Of course, our lives are in His hands but we need to ensure our health condition enables us to shoulder such a big responsibility for the rakyat. If we cant attend any meeting or assembly due to health reason, we cannot expedite our duty well to the rakyat who voted for us.
So, when Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on Saturday that MPs should not only go for annual medical check-ups (here) but should also be trained on stress management, I feel glad. At least, I have similar view.
However, I am of the opinion that the reps should undergo medical test NOT after winning the polls but before contesting. At least, they should get 'a certificate of fitness' to stand in general election of any by-election. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, leukemia and others should stand as a 'deterrence', depending on its level.
By the way, do you happen to know a rep with epileptic problem? Better find it out yourself!
Anyway, I also did tell Jebat that all potential election candidates should undergo another check-up - IQ test!
Why? Some assemblymen and MPs are only fit to be called 'the dumb and dumber'!