Name calling in Parliament is a norm, but what amount to unparliamentary language or gestures is depending on how the interpretation by the House Speaker on the relevant clauses in the Standing Orders. Unfortunately in Malaysia due to the 90% plus majority the Barisan National gets during the 2004 general election, the Barisan National backbenchers alone will be able to arm twist the minority His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition charged by the DAP. And due to the minority voice, they have to literally shout and scream just to catch the attention of the Speaker who hails from the government BN.
Sad but real our parliamentary committees that was established after a long time, have even gone astray. This led to the recent troubles and exchanges between the person in charge of Parliament affair, Datuk Seri Nazri and Parliamentary Committee Chairman for Integrity Tan Sri Bernard Dompok on the role and power of such Committee. For a more proactive and able Committee, they should be given powers to call for papers, questions individuals, call witnesses and even probably propose prosecution, then Malaysians will see a true and viable Parliament that for a long time is unheard. Unfortunately Dompok resign honourably saying he find it hard to act as he is also a member of the cabinet. Thus infringe his sense of responsibility towards the people.
Some of us will remember that Karpal Singh an opposition MP was send to the Privilege Committee and was literally sentence for misleading Parliament, a claim by the Opposition that what Karpal did was quoting a wrong law which he later realize the mistake, corrected it. But sending him to the privilege Committee is so unfair, what about the other Ministers such as dear Rafidah, Nazri and Samy Vellu and Parliamentarian such as Bung Mokhtar and Datuk Said who have misled and lied got off without even a warning and was vindicated by the thumping majority of the Barisan backbenchers denying justice in Parliament. But if the charge is upon the Opposition, then it will be a adious amigos to him and not only that a suspension would mean living without salary for six months. That happened in the likes of Fong and Karpal. Unfortunate, believe it. It only happened to
“Absence of maintenance and wear and tear were among the reasons for the leaking roof at Parliament House.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the waterproofing material used when the building was constructed had worn off after 44 years, resulting in water seeping through the roof.
The waterproofing was also installed without any protective layers, he added.
He said the reasons were cited in an inspection report by the Kuala Lumpur Public Works Department's (PWD) maintenance division on May 10.
Samy Vellu said the department's report revealed:
· CRACKS and water seepage on the concrete roof;
· SEEPAGE through the rain gutter surface edge;
· CLOGGED gutters which caused water retention;
· WATERPROOFING on the roof was not working and had been used beyond its lifespan;
· WATERPROOFING was installed on the concrete surface without any protective layer;
· CLOGGED drainage pipes;
· SEWERAGE pipe leaks at VIP and other toilets;
· DAMAGED expansion joints; and
· THE absence of maintenance work.”
There is an interesting article in the Star too on the issue. Let’s see
“Refuting claims made by Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Shahrir Samad that the PWD was responsible for maintaining the building, Samy Vellu said:
“Maintenance of the building has all along been under the Parliament itself, not the PWD. And when there are others carrying out maintenance, we cannot interfere. As Parliament is independent, we cannot order them around.”
See what the Deputy Prime Minister says,
“The Deputy Prime Minister added that the Public Works Department (PWD) would also be asked to explain how and why the leak occurred.
In expressing his regret over the water leakages in the building, Najib said the repairs should have been included in the original renovation budget.
He said that when the allocation report for the major facelift work for the Parliament building was submitted to the Government earlier, no request was made to carry out roof repair work at that time. “
Hmmm, there is a contradiction, is the PWD answerable?
I think Malaysians are very confused NOW and that is how we are fooled