There are MPs who do not understand Dewan Rakyat's course - Sivamurugan

27 May 2023 10:33am
Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian - FILE PIX
Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian - FILE PIX

KUALA LUMPUR: A political analyst hopes that there will be no more clashing voices relating to political disputes in the Dewan Rakyat next week.

Instead, Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian wanted MPs to make the House of Representatives a platform to share their thoughts and ideas that could improve the people’s well-being.

“Next week, I hope the issue of disunity in the community would be raised.

"The National Unity Ministry is organising the National Unity Week, why are issues like these not being discussed in-depth among the people’s representatives?

"We also hope that the cost of living issue will be highlighted. I feel that this issue needs to be a precise mechanism or instrument that is discussed beyond political interests.

"If this issue is discussed, it will add value to the Parliament session next week," he told Astro Awani on Friday.

Sivamurugan also brought up the "behaviour" of MPs who seem to have not comprehended the course of the Dewan Rakyat despite entering the Second Meeting of the Second Term of the 15th Parliament.

He said the lack of understanding led to contradictions when debating, which raised questions about the authority of a leader and whether they were prepared.

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"Amendment of laws is something that is often done when the Parliament session begins, but in the context of this week, it seems like some do not understand the course of the Westminster Parliament system that is practiced.

"That is how standing order, point of order and convention practices have led to contradictions in presenting a motion.

"We know that whatever amendments we want to bring, all of that is the core that must be done by the people’s representatives.

"However, there are among the people’s representatives who do not understand how the Dewan Rakyat structure works, which gives a sense of anxiety, to what extent are they prepared?

"This is a challenge that needs to be faced, not to mention that this is not the first time, maybe the second time for newly elected representatives.

"Similarly, some are absent when a motion requires approval and support. Suddenly, we see, one third is not in the House.

"We hope this does not happen again next week," he said. - AWANI

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