Posted: 08 Oct 2013 06:36 PM PDT
Soong Phui Jee, Sin Chew Daily
THE absence of as many as 41 Members of Parliament from the crucial vote-taking of the Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) Bill 2013 when it was tabled for second reading in the House had caused an uproar.
Where had these lawmakers gone at the crucial moment? Although the absentees, including notable leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Karpal Singh, claimed to have absent with reasons, criticisms filled with disappointment could still be heard in recent days.
The people's anger and discontent reflected that they no longer blindly support or admire political stars. Instead of lawmakers who talk big but do little, they now prefer those who can speak and get things done nicely. They must speak when it is time to speak and they must take actions when it is time to take actions.
In the face of such humble requests, those who were absent without sufficient reason should feel sorry about it. They should humbly reflect and apologise to the public. Unfortunately, none of them has apologised so far and all they did was trying to shirk responsibilities with all kinds of far-fetched reasons.
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More distressing, many politicians have recently been busy engaging in party infighting. In addition to the turmoil set off by the Umno party election, the MCA is now full of combative spirit as the battle between party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has come to a fevered pitch and even the DAP, which had just successfully held its party re-election, is in the chaos before a storm, after its factional fighting surfaced.
Party infighting has always been the norm of political development. However, if all parties indulge in infighting and forget about their duties, or lose their directions, stands and the sense to distinguish between right and wrong, it will then undoubtedly be the greatest political crisis in Malaysia.
The people's fierce reaction over the Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) Bill 2013 showed that the people have become more and more impatient and even disgust at the recent outbreak of party infighting.
Unfortunately, some politicians think that the country is still in a post-election honeymoon period and still swirling in the whirlpool of justice, not knowing that the mentality of the people has actually calmed down after election passion has subsided, or might have subtly changed following the development of the situation.
Undeniably, in the 13th General Election held in May this year, Malaysian Chinese seemed to have overwhelmingly supported Pakatan Rakyat. Leaving aside the question of whether it was a risky move or a wise choice, the elected lawmakers should have felt the high expectations of the people and thus, they should play their roles well and keep a high degree of vigilance to national policies, as well as a high degree of sensitivity to public opinion. Instead of blindly shouting slogans, they should actively engage in political affairs, as well as services.The people have started to feel the price of election, which is why they are having higher expectations and demanding more from politicians. Politicians must not be conservative but should keep breaking through limitations and never give up!
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