Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 19th of October 2021

My Role as an MP – Part 3: Party Work

One of the most memorable things which Lim Guan Eng said to me during our first conversation back in October 2001 was that if he were to contest in the Kota Melaka parliamentary seat as an independent candidate (he was their three term MP from 1986 to 1998), he would definitely lose the contest despite his own personal popularity in the constituency. He made this point to emphasize the importance of the DAP to his political career and that apart from the party, he (and others) would not have a leg to stand on, politically.

Most voters do not understand nor see the value of the party work which an elected representative must do on a regular basis. This is not surprising since most politicians have not really bothered to explain the importance of their political work to their voters. From personal experience, I have seen how to party work, if done right, can strengthen an MPs effectiveness in carrying out his or her duties at the local, state, and national levels. However, I can also see how party’s work, if not properly structured and incentivised, can easily lead to outcomes that may benefit the MP and his party members but leave the voters either no better or sometimes, even worse off.

At the very basic level, my party work starts with making sure that I have a good working relationship with my grassroots members in my parliamentary constituency. With a strong and dedicated grassroots team, I can carry out far more programs such as mobile vaccination in low-cost apartment areas, and conduct more effective constituency outreach such as doing emergency gotong-royongs after serious incidents of flooding. I have a group of about forty volunteers under my Unit Tindak Bangi team, most of which are party members, which I can call on regularly to do various programs in my constituency. They have been especially important during the pandemic because of the higher frequency of activities that need to be carried out such as food basket distribution, sanitization, and COVID19 vaccination related programs. 

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Picture 1: Together with my Unit Tindak Bangi team at a post flood gotong-royong

Thankfully, the culture within the DAP is such that the most effective way to “win over” your grassroot is to work hard together with them for constituency work and to spend leisure time with them after the hard work is done. There is no need for political patronage here unless you count the occasional dinner and drinks after a hard day’s work in the constituency.

Since I am part of the DAP Selangor state committee, I often visit branches throughout the state on a yearly basis to attend their Annual General Meetings (AGMs). I have often found these meetings helpful since members would usually take this time to update me and other DAP state committee members of the latest issues which they are facing at the local, state, and national levels. The state leaders would then try to divide the issues up and address them at the appropriate levels to the appropriate people and channels. 

At the national level, as assistant national political education director, I’ve worked well with Liew Chin Tong, the national political education director, to increase the level of policy discussion within the party at various levels on several topics from waste management to understanding the federal budget to renewable energy, just to name a few. Before GE2018, I was also working to build up the internal research capacity of the DAP to tackle policy research and analysis on an ongoing basis.

Many of the DAP HQ personnel were ‘hollowed out’, and rightly so, as many sought opportunities to work with Ministers and Deputy Ministers when Pakatan Harapan (PH) was in power after GE14. We have begun the slow process of rebuilding our internal capacities after the Sheraton move. The Melaka snap state elections may be the first test of our internal capabilities (publicity, campaigning, social media outreach, walkabouts) if an emergency is not declared. In the meantime, the detailed analysis of past election results, changes in the electoral roll and projection of possible results are still my responsibility (given by background as a political scientist and management consultant) although I eagerly wait for someone else to take over this role!

Picture 2: A recent analysis of Melaka state seats based on the 2018 General Election results

I am thankful that my time in DAP has given me a reason to travel to different parts of the country to meet with my colleagues for different reasons. And in doing so, I’ve learned an immeasurable amount about the challenges Malaysians face in different parts of the country and the ways in which my colleagues try to assist their fellow countrymen. 

Traveling around the country for political work obviously involves political campaigning. I don’t think we need to pretend otherwise. If we as politicians think that we can better serve the people and our country as elected representatives, it would be irresponsible for us not to campaign hard to win more seats and with this, greater political and policy influence. The most important caveat I would put here is that we know we have crossed the line when we seek power for the sake of power itself and forget that the power which we wield as policymakers and politicians should be used to improve the livelihoods of the people, not to enrich ourselves and members of our own party.

My first exposure to party work was in preparation for the 2011 Sarawak state elections. I was given the responsibility of providing election analysis at the polling stream (saluran) and polling district (daerah mengundi) levels for my colleagues in the Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, and Miri areas. During the state elections, I was given the task of setting up a call center in Sibu where we would call and text voters across the state, especially in the marginal seats. It was a good learning experience for me. Not surprisingly, there were many people who asked us where we obtained their phone numbers from when we called them. Many refused to indicate which party they would be supporting for the state elections. Most of the people we hired to man the call centers were young students and it was here that I found out that most young Sarawakians would learn how to ride a motorcycle before even getting a license!

After the 2011 Sarawak state elections, I had the opportunity to travel to other parts of Sarawak as part of the Impian Sarawak program, spearheaded by Tony Pua. The plan was to do small development projects in the rural areas of Sarawak to show that even though we were the opposition party, we would still bring development projects to the rural constituencies. Through Impian Sarawak, I was part of a team that worked for about a month to build a 3km gravel road up to Kampung Kiding in the Borneo Highlands. What was once an hour’s uphill hike became a 5 minute journey on a 4WD. We even organized a Kampung Kiding run to commemorate the completion of the gravel road! 

I am thankful for that my time in DAP has given me a reason to travel to different parts of the country to meet with my colleagues for different reasons. And in doing so, I’ve learned an immeasurable amount about the challenges Malaysians face in different parts of the country and the ways in which my colleagues try to assist their fellow countrymen. 

Travelling around the country for political work obviously involves political campaigning. I don’t think we need to pretend otherwise. If we as politicians think that we can better serve the people and our country as elected representatives, it would be irresponsible for us not to campaign hard to win more seats and with this, greater political and policy influence. The most important caveat I would put here is that we know we have crossed the line when we seek power for the sake of power itself and forget that the power which we wield as policy makers and politicians should be used to improve the livelihoods of the people, not to enrich ourselves and members of our own party.

My first exposure to party work was in preparation of the 2011 Sarawak state elections. I was given the responsibility of providing election analysis at the polling stream (saluran) and polling district (daerah mengundi) levels for my colleagues in the Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri areas. During the state elections, I was given the task of setting up a call center in Sibu where we would call and text voters across the state, especially in the marginal seats. It was a good learning experience for me. Not surprisingly, there were many people who asked us where we obtained their phone numbers from when we called them. Many refused to indicate which party they would be supporting for the state elections. Most of the people we hired to man the call centers were young students and it was here that I found out that most young Sarawakians would learn how to ride a motorcycle before even getting a license!

After the 2011 Sarawak state elections, I had the opportunity to travel to other parts of Sarawak as part of the Impian Sarawak program, spearheaded by Tony Pua. The plan was to do small development projects in the rural areas of Sarawak to show that even though we were the opposition party, we would still bring development projects to the rural constituencies. Through Impian Sarawak, I was part of a team that worked for about a month to build a 3km gravel road up to Kampung Kiding in the Borneo Highlands. What was once an hour’s uphill hike became a 5 minute journey on a 4WD. We even organized a Kampung Kiding run to commemorate the completion of the gravel road! 

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Picture 3: From a Wooden Bridge at Kampung Kiding, Mambong…

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Picture 4: To a steel bridge strong enough for a 4WD to go over

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Picture 5: Completing the Kampung Kiding Run in my adidas kampung after the completion of the road

There were other community housing repair and upgrading projects (in Mas Gading), numerous water gravity projects (in Pakan, a rural area one and a half hours from Sibu) as well as medical and education camps. While these projects may not have resulted in immediate electoral gains, especially for the 2016 Sarawak state elections, the exposure which our members, especially those from Peninsular Malaysia to the development conditions in the rural areas in Sarawak and Sabah, was definitely an eye-opener!

My exposure to the issues faced by Sarawakians and Sabahans also motivated me to look out for the presence of East Malaysians in the Klang Valley which then led me to push for an East Malaysian theme morning market in Seri Kembangan (which was in my then parliamentary constituency of Serdang). Pasar Borneo Seri Kembangan was launched in April 2016 and I am glad to say, has grown to twice the size since then (before COVID19) and is quite well known among East Malaysians who live in the Klang Valley. There are plans to open another Pasar Borneo in Bangi in the very near future.

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Picture 6: Launch of the Pasar Borneo Seri Kembangan in April 2016

In addition to providing election analysis for the Sarawak state elections, I would also prepare election analysis materials for by-elections at the state and parliamentary levels. Of course, the level of analysis and involvement in each campaign differed according to the constituency and the parties contesting. I was more involved in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-elections which took place in 2014 where DAP fielded Dyana Sofya in a spirited campaign that fell short by a few hundred votes. I was also more involved in the Sungai Besar parliamentary elections in 2016 because Sekinchan, a DAP stronghold, was part of this parliamentary constituency and this was the first time that AMANAH was contesting in a by-election.

One of the more memorable programs that I was involved in was the flood relief efforts in Kelantan at the end of 2014. The late Eddie Ng, former ADUN for Balakong, organized a convoy of trucks and lorries to bring supplies to Gua Musang and Kuala Krai and volunteers to help in cleaning efforts. We ended up spending New Year’s Eve at the R&R in Genting Sempah eating McDonalds on the way back to KL!

My other colleagues who are very popular as speakers at ceramahs or dinners organized by various DAP branches such as Nga Kor Ming, Teo Nie Ching, Anthony Loke, Gobind Singh, Tony Pua, Lim Guan Eng, just to name a few, would regularly travel around the country to help our comrades in their fund-raising efforts. 

All this party work may seem like a waste of time to many of the voters of an elected representative. But if carried out well, such party work may not only further the career of an elected representative but have positive spillover effects for the party of the representative, the constituency and state he or she represents, and even the entire nation. A politician who has regular engagement with members in different parts of the state would have a more holistic view of the development needs beyond just his or her constituency. For example, land titles and temporary occupation licenses or TOLs are a regular problem faced by farmers and fishermen in the new villages on the coast of Selangor but less so in a developed area like Petaling Jaya. Road access is more of a serious issue in Hulu Selangor and less so in Kajang or Bangi. Pollution from factories is more likely to be found in Klang or Balakong than in Subang Jaya. Being familiar with different issues affecting different areas in Selangor would prepare an elected rep for a state-wide office, as an EXCO for example, in state politics. Similarly, exposure to different national issues from traveling and speaking to members in different parts of different states would prepare a leader for future office as a Deputy Minister or Minister at the federal level.

Politicians with a wider degree of exposure would also be better placed to come up with the right policies at the local, state, or national levels to address these challenges. Sharing of different ideas and solutions would also increase the capacity and ability of various leaders within a political party to solve the rakyat’s problems. A party whose leadership is incentivized to reach out to members and communities all over the country would also find itself strengthened over time in terms of outreach and influence, especially if the activities of the party are outward looking and inclusive and not just focused on one or two communities.

Of course, what I am describing is what would happen under ideal circumstances. Party work could easily transform into party patronage. Party leaders, rather than trying to win the support of members through hard work and building up the party in the larger community, may seek to provide political patronage to a small group of members to ensure that they maintain their party positions at the local, state, and national levels. We have already seen this happen in other political parties in the country. Perhaps DAP was in power at the federal level for far too short of a time (only 22 months) for the politics of patronage to creep in. 

At the end of this piece, I hope that the reader is more enlightened with regards to what party work entails. I have left out many important parts such as the need for structures to bring more youth and their ideas and energy into the party and into the political process. I hope that at the very least, I have managed to convince the reader that party work is not a waste of time and can be a good thing for the people and the country if correctly structured and incentivized.

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 12th of October 2021

My Role as an MP – Part 1: Advocating for Parliamentary Reforms and Explaining the Importance and Relevance of Parliament[1]

Every year, there will be a time when the attendance (or non-attendance, rather) of MPs during parliamentary debates will be brought up by NGOs, activists, and members of civil society.[2] Their frustration is understandable since many political parties were calling for the resumption of parliament when the National Emergency was announced earlier this year. Shouldn’t the same political parties also take note of the attendance of the MPs representing these parties and their respective constituencies? If the working person must “clock in” to work every day and be seen at the office (at least during pre-pandemic times), shouldn’t MPs also “clock in” to work at parliament and attend parliamentary proceedings?

I think that parliament as an institution and individual MPs (myself included) and the political parties they represent have done a poor job in communicating to the larger public the relevance and importance of parliament as an institution as well as the importance of parliamentary proceedings and the passing of legislation in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara. This lack of public communication has resulted in an extremely low level of awareness among voters of the role and responsibilities of an MP in and outside parliament. There needs to be further reforms to the parliamentary proceedings to increase the effectiveness of individual MPs in parliament. In addition, parliamentary proceedings must be shown to bring about positive effects to voters. Finally, the public must be made aware of how parliament can impact the lives of voters in Malaysia, for good and for bad, and in doing so, make people see the relevance of parliament and parliamentary proceedings more clearly.

Former MP and Deputy Defence Minister, Liew Chin Tong, has probably spoken and written about the need for parliamentary reforms more than any other MP in the last 10 years (with the exception of perhaps Lim Kit Siang). The introduction of the 2nd Chamber for the Dewan Rakyat to facilitate the answering of specific questions by a Minister or Deputy Minister in order to shift some of the debate on local constituency matters from the main hall to this chamber was his idea and initiative. It would be even better if additional questions and a more substantive debate on constituency related matters could be brought up in the 2nd chamber. But the intention is that individual MPs would be able to follow up informally with the Deputy Minister or Minister in attendance after the formal session in the 2nd chamber so that possible resolutions to these local constituency matters can be found.

Many other parliamentary reforms were introduced during the brief period of 22 months that Pakatan Harapan (PH) was in government including making an opposition MP the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and introducing more parliamentary special select committees to allow more backbenchers to act as a check and balance and provide input points in a formal setting to the government. Many of these reforms can be found in the excellent edited volume entitled “Law, Principles and Practice in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) of Malaysia” by the former speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof together with the former Dewan Rakyat secretary Roosme Hamzah and Emeritus Professor Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi.

There is one small parliamentary reform for which I can take a little bit of credit for. Prior to the 14th general elections (GE14), all of the parliamentary replies to oral and written questions asked by MPs were not available online. They were compiled in a physical booklet and distributed to all MPs. I would share these physical copies with Khairil Yusof of Sinar Project and his team would upload these replies to their website.[3] After GE14, these replies are now available on the parliamentary website.[4] Former deputy speaker, Nga Kor Ming, also played a key role in pushing for this change in the parliamentary process and now, journalists and interested members of the public can have access to these parliamentary answers.

In addition to the formal reforms that were introduced in parliament during PH’s time in power, there was also a newfound spirit of discussion and participation where NGOs and members of civil society which were shunned by the previous government such as BERSIH were now invited to organize forums and discussion sessions with MPs and other stakeholders in the august halls of parliament.

Sadly, a combination of the pandemic, the change in government post Sheraton move and the change in the speaker and a deputy speaker brought these parliamentary reforms to a halt. In a sudden twist of events, the fall of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has given a new lease of life to discussions on parliamentary reform as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by between the Keluarga Malaysia government and Pakatan Harapan on the 13th of September 2021 in parliament.

According to the MOU, half of the parliamentary special select committees will be chaired by MPs from the opposition. An additional parliamentary special select committee on Foreign Affairs was announced yesterday on the 11th of October making it a total of ten parliamentary special select committees. The composition of all parliamentary special select committees was amended to have 5 from the government side and 4 from the opposition bench (from 5 from the government and 2 from the opposition prior to this).[5]  At the time of writing, it has not been announced which parliamentary special select committees would be chaired by MPs from the opposition bench.[6]

There has also been an informal discussion surrounding the need for a 3rd deputy speaker from the ranks of the opposition. This will need cross-partisanship support as it will require a constitutional amendment. I believe that this move is necessary as part of the process of parliamentary reform and also to share the workload especially if the number of days and hours for the house to sit is increased, which is a point which Chin Tong has advocated for in the past.[7] Chin Tong has also advocated for the proceedings of the individual parliamentary special select committees to be broadcast “live” so that interested stakeholders can observe the content that is being presented to the committee and the questions that are being asked by individual committee members.

Former Deputy Speaker, Nga Kor Ming, has also proposed a number of much needed reforms to parliament including introducing a Parliament Services Act to increase the independence of the staff in parliament; adding two more parliamentary special select committees – one to monitor the implementation of each year’s Budget and another to discuss proposed government bills before they are tabled in parliament; “live” proceedings of an expanded 2nd chamber were local constituency issues can be debated, just to name a few.[8]

To the proposals by Chin Tong and Kor Ming, I will add the following:

  • Increase the allocated time for the tabling and debating of legislation.
  • The passing of legislation usually takes place towards the end of each parliamentary session leaving very little time for substantive debate. Sometimes, the passing of certain bills is postponed simply because there is not enough time to debate and pass them during the parliament session.
  • There are many laws in the country which require amending and updating. A pipeline of these bills can be discussed and prioritized in a special parliamentary select committee and the order of government business needs to be changed so that the debate on these bills can be held earlier during a parliament session.
  • Allow MPs to record their parliamentary speeches and give more time for Ministers to answer the questions raised by MPs during their debates.
  • Currently, most of the time allocated in parliament is for MPs to give their speeches either during the year end budget debate or when debating the Yang DiPertuan Agung’s speech. Most MPs would read a prepared script. For example, 4 days would be allocated for the MPs to debate the King’s speech and only 2 days would be allocated for the Ministers to answer questions raised by the MPs with about 45 minutes allocated to each Minister.
  • It would be a far better use of time for MPs to record their speeches which can be uploaded onto the parliament’s website which can then be shared through other social media platforms such as YouTube. The civils servants who are preparing the Ministerial responses can then refer to these recorded speeches. I would also propose that a limited number of MPs from both sides be allowed to speak from the floor of the Dewan Rakyat (5 from each side, let’s say) and each person can be given a longer time to debate and allow for interventions from fellow MPs.
  • This will also “solve” the problem of MPs being absent from parliament (especially during the afternoon sessions) and provide more time for Ministers to answer the queries raised by individual MPs either from the floor or from their recorded speeches.
  • Increasing the staffing of parliament to assist with the secretariat of individual special select committees, the running of an expanded 2nd chamber, and the preparation of additional reports and public documents.
  • Currently, both houses are understaffed, and this affects the proper functioning of the special select committees in terms of preparing reports and finding suitable dates to invite the right people to attend these committee hearings.
  • The number of staff can be added in conjunction with the introduction of a Parliamentary Services Act so that people who have a genuine interest in the functioning of parliament can be hired to fill the ranks of parliamentary staff.
  • All of the proceedings of the parliamentary special select committees should be recorded as part of the official Hansard and shown “live” to the public
  • This would allow the public to see that MPs are working in parliament even if they are not seen in the Dewan Rakyat. Showing the proceedings “live” would also allow the public to gauge the performance of the members of these committees (especially the chair) and also the response of those who are called to give briefings to these committees (including and especially the senior civil servants)
  • Allow the establishment of Joint Committees of both houses on special issues such as the one established to discuss Prison Reforms[9]
  • Again, this was an initiative of Liew Chin Tong that is a genuine demonstration of what cross-partisan cooperation can achieve.
  • Compulsory Briefings by the Minister / Deputy Minister to the media and to the MPs on any new laws / amendments which are tabled (including on the record Q&A sessions for the media during these briefings)
  • Right now, the only explanation given by the Minister / Deputy Minister for the introduction of new laws and amendments is in the Dewan Rakyat itself when these laws are being tabled. If briefings before the tabling of these laws can be given to journalists and Q&A sessions be allowed, it would increase the ability of journalists to explain the importance and perhaps, point out some of the shortcomings of these new laws. The Fourth Estate must be allowed to play its role.
  • Allow a hybrid system of online and physical parliamentary proceedings can take place (especially in light of the endemic nature of the COVID19 pandemic)
  • This would also allow MPs who are travelling overseas or who have to attend certain constituency emergencies to continue to take part in parliamentary proceedings. This would require an amendment to the standing orders.
  • Encourage and facilitate more public, NGO and academic discussion on the role of parliament and parliamentarians
  • Academic discourse and debate on the role of parliament and MPs is part and parcel of a healthy, functioning democracy. Although these efforts may not seem as important as debating bills or bringing up constituency matters, it matters in the larger ecosystem of the need of continual reforms and improvement to the parliamentary process.
  • The Journal of the Malaysian Parliament was introduced earlier this year and it is a good start in terms of academic and parliamentary discourse.[10] More opportunities for such discourses should be encouraged in parliament such as the ones which Bersih and other NGOs conducted in parliament when PH was in power.
  • Invite MPs to conduct tours for the school children who visit parliament as part of a public outreach initiative
  • Before COVID19, school children used to visit parliament on a regular basis, and they would be invited to sit in the Dewan Rakyat for a short period of time to observe the parliamentary proceedings and debates. It would be a good “assignment” for MPs and even Ministers and Deputy Ministers to conduct parliament tours for school children (and other members of the public) on a rotation basis. It would be a good experience for the school children to be briefed by MPs on the importance of parliamentary proceedings. Who knows, this may even encourage better behaviour on the part of some MPs when they realize that school kids are paying attention to what they say and do in the Dewan!
  • Strengthen the social media outreach capacity of the Malaysian Parliament
  • At the time of writing, @MYParlimen on Twitter has 14.4k followers, @parlimenmalaysia on Instagram has 69.7k followers, @parlimenMY on Facebook has 77k followers. All of these social media accounts have very low levels of public engagement. If we are to make parliament more relevant to the public, we need to showcase the proceedings which are happening in parliament. Of course, this must be done in a non-partisan manner. With a good social media team in place, I believe that this can be done, even in a fun way that makes parliament more easily understandable and accessible especially to the younger generation. Perhaps the social media team should take some guidance from Syed Saddiq, Hannah Yeoh, Fahmi Fadzil and Khairy Jamaluddin, who are among the most effective MPs at using social media?

[10] http://journalmp.parlimen.gov.my/jurnal/index.php/jmp/index


[9] https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/mps-senators-across-aisle-unite-015404814.html


[8] https://liewchintong.com/2017/03/07/parliament-should-sit-for-at-least-80-days-a-year/

[7] https://www.utusan.com.my/terkini/2021/09/kor-ming-cadang-10-reformasi-parlimen-jika-dipilih-timbalan-speaker/


[6] https://www.parlimen.gov.my/ipms/eps/2021-10-11/DR.8.2021%20-%20DR%208.2021.pdf

[5] For the record, I am a member of the Finance and Economy Special Select Committee


[4] https://pardocs.sinarproject.org/

[3] https://www.parlimen.gov.my/jawapan-lisan-dr.html?uweb=dr&


[2] https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/09/22/youve-insulted-house-and-yourselves-activists-tell-absent-mps/


[1] (This is Part 1 of a 5 Part series to explain the roles and responsibilities of an MP using my own experience as ONE reference point)

Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Bangi merangkap Pembantu Pengarah Pendidikan Politik Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) pada 2 Oktober 2021

Kemaskini Prosedur Operasi Standard (SOP) yang tidak masuk akal untuk bantu pemulihan ekonomi dengan lebih pantas

Dengan lebih banyak aktiviti ekonomi dibenarkan untuk beroperasi dalam pelbagai fasa Pelan Pemulihan Negara (PPN), masih terdapat banyak SOP yang tidak masuk akal yang menyekat proses pemulihan ekonomi. Kumpulan berempat orang Menteri, yang terdiri daripada Annuar Musa, Hishammuddin Hussein, Tengku Zafrul, dan Khairy Jamaluddin perlu berusaha bersama untuk mengemaskini SOP-SOP ini supaya sektor yang terkesan dapat mula pulih dengan lebih pantas.

Salah satu sektor yang terjejas teruk akibat daripada sekatan pergerakan adalah panggung wayang. Sektor ini adalah sebuah industri yang bernilai RM1.5 bilion, yang menggajikan lebih daripada 20,000 orang. 40% hasil kutipan industri ini datang daripada penjualan makanan dan minuman di kaunter mereka tetapi SOP dalam kawasan Fasa 2, 3, dan 4 semua menyatakan yang produk makanan dan minuman hanya boleh dipesan semua membuat tempahan tiket secara atas talian! (Rujuk Lampiran 1 di bawah). Perkara ini TIDAK MASUK AKAL terutamanya memandangkan aktiviti makan di kedai telah pun dibenarkan. Sukar untuk difahami bagaimana aktiviti membeli bertih jagung dan air mineral dengan beratur dengan penjarakan fizikal dan memakai pelitup muka untuk beberapa minit boleh dilihat sebagai lebih berbahaya berbanding dengan aktiviti makan di kedai dan makan beramai-ramai tanpa pelitup muka untuk tempoh masa yang jauh lebih lama!

Satu lagi SOP mengenai panggung wayang yang tidak masuk akal adalah kanak-kanak di bawah umur 17 tahun tidak dibenarkan di negeri-negeri Fasa 2 dan 3. Memandangkan proses vaksinasi remaja telah pun bermula, mengapa tidak benarkan remaja yang telah menerima vaksinasi di antara umur 12 ke 17 tahun untuk ke panggung wayang?

Akhir sekali, peraturan yang mengatakan orang ramai hanya dibenarkan untuk duduk berdua di panggung wayang sekiranya mereka datang dari rumah yang sama atau tinggal di alamat yang sama juga tidak masuk akal. Duduk bersebelahan di panggung wayang dengan memakai pelitup muka dan secara tidak bersemuka adalah jauh lebih selamat berbanding dengan makan di restoran secara bersemuka sambil makan dan bersembang antara satu sama lain.

Ini semua adalah beberapa SOP yang tidak masuk akal yang hanya mempunyai kesan kepada SATU industri. SOP-SOP yang disediakan pada 10 September 2021 ini masih belum dikemaskini setakat hari ini (2 Oktober 2021). Saya pasti terdapat banyak lagi SOP lain yang tidak masuk akal yang memberikan kesan negatif kepada industri-industri lain.

Saya gesa semua persatuan dan wakil industri-industri ini untuk menghubungi saya melalui emel ([email protected]) untuk memaklumkan mengenai SOP yang tidak masuk akal ini supaya ia dapat diketengahkan dan dibangkitkan kepada empat orang Menteri yang bertanggungjawab ke atas isu SOP ini.