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MPs don’t represent their parties or themselves – they represent their voters

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Why is the focus on Anwar Ibrahim when our total attention should be on Malaysia and its welfare, P Ramakrishnan asks the Warisan MP s who were absent from Parliament.

The behaviour of the MPs from Warisan to be absent during bloc votes to pass the budget allocations in Parliament is very upsetting. Some may even say that it is conduct reflecting immaturity and irresponsibility.

Instead of joining forces in solidarity against the Perikatan Nasional, they are contributing to the disunity and possible disintegration of Pakatan Harapan by boycotting.

The only thing they have achieved by their boycott is weakening their coalition partners and sadly even destroying the unity of PH beyond repair.

This is definitely a time to strengthen the position of the opposition – certainly not to weaken it by such irresponsible behaviour.

Further, is this responsible conduct by a party that was supposed to represent their voters in Parliament? Shouldn’t their unwavering responsibility be to the voters who elected them?

To the Warisan MPs: Shouldn’t your anger be directed against the traitors who nullified a democratically elected government and took over the governance of the country through the back door?

They stole our government – your duty is to defeat them and install a government of the people, by the people and for the people. This should be your resolve and responsibility.

The Warisan whip has made it clear that their bloc vote absence was “a deliberate move to display their frustration (and anger)” with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, whose last minute change of strategy resulted in Budget 2021 being passed.

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Like many others, the Warisan MPs seem to hold the very unrealistic view that if a bloc vote had been forced on 26 November 2021 at the policy stage, the Budget would have been defeated.

If the numbers were indeed there last Thursday, how do we explain the humiliating defeat suffered by PH the last two days – 30 November and 1 December – when their call for a bloc vote failed to favour them? On three occasions, they lost! On three occasions they only had 95 MPs siding them – and no more. This clearly establishes the fact that there was no majority with PH to defeat the Budget at the policy stage

I’m not saying that Anwar should be beyond reproach; I’m not defending his last-minute instruction when the Budget was put to vote. That was wrong by all counts. But why is the focus on Anwar when our total attention should be on Malaysia and its welfare?

May I appeal to all of you, Warisan Mps – this is not the time for pettiness; this is the time for consolidating for a larger responsibility.

“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.” – John Lewis

Don’t waste it – use it wisely.

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
3 Dec 2020 11.29am

‘MPs don’t represent their parties or themselves – they represent their voters’Above view may be a wrong perception as

Frogging may have proven that ‘MPs don’t represent voters but may represent themselves first and then may represent their parties if it is in their benefit.

Bless all.

Politi Scheiss
Politi Scheiss
2 Dec 2020 10.09am

That party hopping by MPs and ADUNs and whole parties switching coalition or pact has become rather endemic these days is proof that they don’t have the interests of their voters or the nation at heart but only their own, or their party’s.

Also, such pettiness of elected representatives and whole parties, shows a lack of any grounding political ideology or principle.

Such aspects are a weakness on Malaysia’s coalition and pack based politics, where no one party wins enough seats to form the government on its own, so has to rely on partners.

Coalition and pact politics worked until GE14, after which 10 parties left the BN, so we can expect to see more unstable governments with slim majorities in the future.

loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
2 Dec 2020 5.57am

Rama, I believe in our Parliamentary system,at present, it is too much to expect the MPs to realise that their ultimate loyalty should be the voters in their constituencies, as you so rightly advised.
I will shout ‘Padan muka dia peh’ to the Warisan MPs faces !!
Yes, serves them right for losing the Sabah state elections!!

Yes, the block votes so far lay bare Anwar’s lie – he does not have the numbers to defeat the backdoor govt.
Such a bloated budget as the PMO’s is passed without any amendments – come on Anwar, better tell the truth and give up your PM’s ambitions!!

Politi Scheiss
Politi Scheiss
2 Dec 2020 10.13am

Very likely. However, it would have been more acceptable to Pakatan supporters had they held a bloc vote last Thursday, even if they lost. At least they would have tried.

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