Wednesday, April 22, 2009

By-Elections: Select Better Candidates,. Not Change the Law

Now, the defacto law minister, Nazri Aziz, is getting more ridiculous. Nazri, please do not get carried away. You missed the important point again. Let me put it to you in straight talk's term - by-elections are part of the democratic process.

There is already a provision which states that a seat vacated less than half the full-term of five years will have to be filled through a by-election. Penanti by-election has to be conducted. It has to go on regardless of what PM Najib or the EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar have said about the need to deter 'unnecessary' by-elections. I have just asked are Malaysians law abiding? Nazri should be the first to show that he is law abiding.

Dr Mahathir's son, Mukhriz, has asked for those who quit without a valid reason to be fined.

These politicians have obviously got carried away. How do you define 'unnecessary'? Similarly, how to decide if a reason is 'valid' or not? Is a committee going to be set up to decide on the validity of all by-elections? Who are going to be in the committee? Is the committee willing to accommodate both members from PR and BN?

My real problem with Penanti is accountability and transparency. Political parties should not be allowed to hide the real reason of any sudden resignation without making a proper disclosure to the public. Do not treat the voters as ignorant and naive. Politicians who claimed that the society is not ready for change should adopt and embrace change themselves OR risk being left out. We are moving ahead of you. Remember your own slogan, "People ARE the Bosses".

At the end of the day, it is still the right of the elected representative to remain or resign. There is already a punishment - being barred from contesting again for the next 5 years.

There are two implications to PR in Penanti. Remember, politics is about perception. Without coming clear and clean on the real reason, they are going to dig deep into their goodwill. PR state government should have learned the lesson of Gerakan. The party had been digging into its goodwill since 1990 and eventually lost power totally after the reservoir of goodwill dried up.

Second, the coalition needs to improve its candidate selection process and training programme for first-time elected members.

The parties need to SELECT the right candidates or be punished by the voters. NOT changing the law, BE accountable and responsible.


Anonymous said...

Perak to auction off Camrys!!

Lat's talk about what the stupid Perak state govt is up to. Why do they need to dispose of the cars bought with RAKYAT's money??? WE DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR YOU TO THROW AWAY. YOU DON LIKE THE CARS BECAUSE DAP MEN ALREADY USED BERORE??? JUST BUY YOUR OWN, NOT WITH OUR MONEY.


Anonymous said...

Evidently from some many events that have taken place since March last year,logic has not been applied at all.Rather a childish 'tit for tat'and high handed mentality perseveres and that unfortunately at the expense of our country.
It is so demeaning and detrimental for our people that our politicians play these games.Will they cease to amaze us with their pathetic antics?Will cows jump over the moon?

Sad Sack

Anonymous said...

It it ridiculous. The current excos members should just use the Camry. I for one will want to support our national car, but isn't it crazy that the Perdana's yearly maintainance cost nearly a brand new one (Less the Government taxes, etc.). What happen when Pakatan rules again. Are they going to buy new Camry again. I am sure many malaysian are angry over this childishness, stipidity and incompetence of our political leaders. It is a waste of rakyat's money.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you that this proposal to impose penalty is ridiculous.

The origin of the proposal came from Kedah Gerakan Youth Chief Tan Keng Liang. He wanted penalty of RM100k for parliament and RM50k for DUN. It was reported that he submitted a proposal last week to SPR. Mukhriz basically just came out to support this Tan. Go see

As AMK deputy chief already said, this proposal by the gerakan youth kedah "tidak masuk akal".

Even MB Kedah pun hit out hard at him already.
See utusan yesterday

I support you to continue highlight stupid ideas from BN!!!
Well done!

Anonymous said...

Khoo Kay Peng,
I salute you. You got the guts and highlighted the correct issue.
Your idea is shares by our YB Lim Kit Siang. Go see his blog where he hit out Gerakan Pemuda Kedah.
Mukhriz and Tan Keng Liang are just useless BN goonies. Pakatan Rakyat must focus to make sure SPR does not change the law foolishly.

Like what Lim Kit Siang said, the Election Commission should not consider silly proposals to amend current elections laws based on those ideas from Gerakan Youth Kedah & Mukhriz!

Haris Angel said...

Dipetik dari Suara Keadilan (dari markas Angkatan Muda Keadilan) (
Cadangan penalti RM50,000 bagi anggota dewan undangan negeri dan RM100,000 bagi anggota parlimen yang melepaskan jawatan tanpa sebab munasabah adalah satu cadangan keanak-anakan kerana tidak masuk akal kata Timbalan Angkatan Muda (AMK) KeADILan Faris Musa.
Berikutan kenyataan Ketua Pemuda Gerakan Kedah Tan Keng Liang yang mahu penalty itu di kenakan keatas mana-mana Adun atau Ahli Parlimen yang mahu meletak jawatan tanpa sebab manasabah.
Beliau juga mencadangkan jika perletakan jawatan itu atas alasan bagi mendapat mandat baru daripada pengundi bagi Adun terbabit untuk menyertai parti gabungan, penalti itu perlu dikurangkan separuh.
Sementara itu, satu lagi kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Ahli Parlimen Jerlun, Mukhriz Mahathir menyokong supaya Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) mengenakan hukuman terhadap wakil rakyat yang meletak jawatan sesuka hati tanpa alasan yang kukuh.
Katanya, perbuatan meletak jawatan dalam kalangan Anggota Parlimen atau Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri pembangkang dengan sewenang-wenangnya, kini seolah-olah menjadi trend bagi memastikan parti mereka sentiasa mendapat perhatian.
Perbuatan itu katanya merugikan rakyat dan negara kerana pilihan raya kecil memerlukan perbelanjaan besar setiap kali diadakan, selain mewujudkan suasana tidak selesa dalam kalangan penyokong parti-parti yang bertanding.
Faris membidas kenyataan Tan dan Mukhris sebagai tidak masuk akal kerana amalan perletakan jawatan adalah perkara biasa yang diamalkan di negara-negara berasakan demokrasi.
“Kenyataan itu amat tidak masuk akal serta agak keterlaluan dan memihak kepada kerajaan Barisan Nasional sahaja tanpa mengambil kira pendapat pihak lain,” jelas Faris kepada Suara Keadilan.