Parliamentary Speech on the Delimitation Report, 28th March 2018

Parliament Speech on the Delimitation Report 28th March 2018 (Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang)

Thank you, Tan Sri Speaker, for allowing me to take part in this very important debate.

Firstly, I would like to strongly urge the Prime Minister to be present to answer the questions pertaining to this report after the tabling of this report for the 2nd reading. This is his constitutional responsibility.

In Article 8 of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution, it is clearly stated that the Election Commission, having completed the delimitation exercise report, must submit the report to the Prime Minister. In Article 9 of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution, it is also clearly stated that the Prime Minister is responsible to lay the report before the Members of Parliament in the House of Representatives, with or without modifying, the recommendations in the report.

Since it is the Prime Minister who receives the final delimitation report from the Election Commission and since only the Prime Minister can make modifications to the delimitation report before it is tabled in parliament, we need his presence in parliament to explain to us, the details in the delimitation report, and to inform us exactly where he has made modifications to the final delimitation exercise report which has been tabled in parliament.

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Parliamentary Speech, 8th March 2018 – First Session of Parliament

I am thankful for this opportunity to deliver my speech on the motion of thanks for the royal address by His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Before I continue my speech, I request the permission of my friends on this side and over on that side as I have many issues to debate; therefore, I will not have time to give way to interventions.

I wish to take this opportunity to raise several issues which will give a more accurate picture of Barisan Nasional (BN)’s track record under the leadership of The Hon. Prime Minister (MP for Pekan) approaching GE14, so that the rakyat can know the truth about BN’s track record.

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Why MPs need good parliamentary researchers

(Also published on Malaysiakini)

To the casual observer, parliamentary proceedings in Malaysia would probably seem like a waste of time. The salient images from parliament are probably that of MPs from either side shouting and berating each other, the speaker throwing ‘misbehaving’ MPs out of the dewan and MPs tearing pieces of paper in shows of defiance.

But behind the scenes, outside the spotlight of live coverage and debate, there’s actually a lot which an MP can and should do in parliament. But for us to be more effective in our job as legislators, we need capable, experienced and diligent parliamentary researchers.

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