Thursday, September 07, 2006

MPs. Don't Try To Intimidate Chief Secretary. It Won't Work.

Our 'Honourable' Members of Parliament, especially those belonging to Barisan Nasional and specifically Umno, engaged in more of the now tiresome rabble-rousing that is becoming a staple diet emanating from the Dewan Rakyat.

They once again focussed on the civil service and more specifically the new Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohamed Sidek Hassan, cautioning him not to pursue his predecessor's plan to review the immunity of MPs in the Dewan Rakyat, saying that the proposal, if pursued, would eventually destroy the country's Parliamentary system and transform it into a rubberstamp entity. I fail to understand how these guys think they are otherwise now. Perhaps they are the only ones in Malaysia who think that they actually make a difference! The Hansard is there for all to see, the 'courage' and 'guts' our daredevil MPs have shown when controversial bills have been bulldozed through Parliament without even a whimper from the very same noisemakers who now attempt foolishly to intimidate the Chief Secretary. In any case the MPs are engaging in poppycock because the immunity they have is not negotiable and cannot under normal circumstances be withdrawn by any authority let alone Mohamed Sidek or the AG.

Among the demands made by our Yang Berhormat were that the Chief Secretary should not write directly to them as he had done when he was the Sec. Gen. of Miti, in the now infamous AP scandal, when by right the minister concerned should have replied to them. Fair enough. But he is not just a sec. gen. now, but the numero uno who is answerable to and communicates directly with the PM. He has much much more access to Pak Lah than a dozen Umno MPs combined. So this line of argument by them is trivial and intended to score weak points at best.

They also took issue with him on civil service vacancies by demanding that he and the Public Service Department explain the cause for the delay in filling 30,000 vacancies in the department despite the Prime Minister's directive to act on it immediately. Here they very cleverly link the PM into the picture lest they be accused of wasting time and engaging in petty fault-finding, which is exactly what they are doing.

MPs should know better than to knock their heads against the strong civil service wall directed and controlled by the Chief Secretary. They should be wise enough to know who not to fool around with and to whom they should accord respect in order to receive the same. Either that or suffer a bloody nose in the future.

Related post: Bully Boy MPs Talk Big In Parliament.
Update: Ex-chief secretary clears the air.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In front all hormat them but behind they get cursed because all the people know that MPs are waste of time. even the kampumg people say that we are simply giving money to them to talk rubbish. If i am Pak lah first thing i will do is tutup Parlimen. Why must we follow orang putih and give salary to the MP. Like now fighting with gamen officers. for what?

1:57 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are MP given immunity. Why they are so special? The PM must ask the AG to see if the power can be removed. We are all the same. There is no need for a super class with immunity.

3:32 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

anonymous 1, I agree that MPs are not that respected as before. Unfortunately it is not within the PM's powers to revoke the privileges of these MPs.
anonymous 2, immunity for MPs is an integral part of a Parliament and is not normally questioned. However I support your sentiment in not creating a different class of citizens.

11:30 AM GMT+8  

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