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Long way to go before Hudud can be debated as a Private Member’s Bill

(Also published on The Star Online)

Much has been said and speculated with regards to a possible private member’s bill to be brought to parliament by a PAS MP to allow for hudud to be introduced in this country. But not many people realize that the process of getting a private member’s bill to be put, literally, on the table of each MP is a long and arduous one.

Before the most recent parliament sitting, Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput, Dr Jeyakumar, tried to table a Private Member’s Bill entitled the Social Inclusion Act. I seconded that bill in my capacity as the Member of Parliament for Serdang. We submitted the bill and the relevant supporting documents a few weeks before the start of the March Parliamentary sitting. This bill did not even make it to the order paper, which lists all the laws which are to be debated and passed as well as motions by individual MPs.

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Parliament Questions: 1st Session 2014 (10.3.2014 – 10.4.2014)

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Questions for the First Parliamentary Session 2014 – Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang

Oral Questions

1)     Dr. Ong Kian Ming (Serdang) asks the Minister of Defense to explain the reason as to why Mejar Zaidi Ahmad was charged for making a report on the problems of indelible ink despite the fact that the Chairman of the Election Commission has admitted that there were problems with the indelible ink.

2)     Dr. Ong Kian Ming (Serdang) asks the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment to explain the reason as to why no action was taken, in accordance with the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, against Rona Wildlife and Anson Wong who appear to be involved with wildlife smuggling as alleged by the Al-Jazeera program “The Return of the Lizard King.”

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Parliamentary reform crucial, not just a salary increase

 (Also published on The Star (Online)

It’s time to look at overhauling the whole process instead of focusing on a pay hike.

How much should Malaysian Members of Parliament (MP) get paid? What would be a ‘fair’ amount of compensation? Should a comparable baseline be the salaries of MPs in other countries, top civil servants in Malaysia or senior management/CEOs in private companies in the country? Will paying our MPs more decrease the incentives for corruption? Will higher pay attract more talent into politics? Some of these questions have been discussed as a result of the pay hike for the legislators, speaker, exco and the Mentri Besar of Selangor. No doubt these questions will be raised again when the MPs’ salaries are revised in the March parliamentary sitting next year.

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