Monday, April 21, 2008

No Questions from 29 MPs - Additional Points and Questions

[By Sagaladoola]

The Star reported : Vocal MPs rapped for not sending queries to Parliament. I Am A Malaysian's blog is apparently the first site to publish the list in its post : The height of irresponsibility .

In a related article, The Star published another article ‘Silent’ MPs give excuses . Among those interviewed (mostly first-timers) are PKR Tian Chua, DAP Charles Santiago, DAP Ramasamy and BN Anifah Aman. Accordingly, MPs must submit questions 21 days before Parliament meets .

If "I Am A Malaysian" blog posted the correct information in The height of irresponsibility , there are a few things I feel necessary to highlight these, which may or may not be reflected in The Star for reasons not immediately known to me :

1) Not a single PAS MP is in the list of MPs who did not submit any question. Congratulations to PAS MPs for at least being aware and doing the simplest but important job.

2) BN (NF) is 15 (one MP majority) and PR (PA) is 14. Not that it makes much of a difference.

3) Lim Kit Siang (Uncle Kit) posted 5 DAP MPs did not submit a single question for Parliament - apologies . In Malaysian politics, "sorry" seems to be the hardest word and I appreciate any leaders who has the courage to claim responsibility on the non-performance of their subordinates. Lim Guan Eng recently demanded DAP MPs to explain "why no questions" .

4) Anwar Ibrahim (of PKR) wrote "Terima Kasih Atas Teguran in reply to bloggers on the non-submission of questions. Will other leaders from UMNO or PBB apologise and promise such scenario will not repeat ? Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the public is waiting.....

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Additional questions to ask:

1) Are there familiar old-timer names like Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin bin Mohd Jarjis (Rompin - BN), Dato’ Seri Rafidah binti Aziz (Kuala Kangsar - BN), Dato’ Sri Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah (Mukah - BN) in the list? If there are, should The Star emphasize on them as priority instead of only focusing on new timers? Old-timers should be more experienced in parliamentary proceedings and rules.

2) If the investigation produced in the list provided is correct, then the numbers would be 5 from DAP, 9 from PKR. Would it be necessary to break down by component parties in the 15 from BN? From an initial inconclusive perception, judging by the names provided, can it be said that all MCA, MIC and Gerakan members submitted questions? If the answer is yes, congratulations to these three parties.

3) Related to point 2, can it be concluded that PKR is the party with the most MPs in the list? If it is, the party leadership has to do something useful about it.

1 comment:

Klaw said...

Of cuz, TheStar will leave the focus out of the other BN MPs, as you can see the reports feature the PR MPs quite prominently. Not defending the PR MPs, but I think there should be some fairness.
Rafidah's answer on how she was a minister for 28 years, she doesn't need to ask any questions, that's funny. I guess she knows everything already :)

Let's ask her if she knows anything about Anwar's 'defectors' :)