Shabery to propose cancellation of Dewan Rakyat telecast


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 May 2008

BIDOR: Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek will propose to the Cabinet Friday the cancellation of the Dewan Rakyat live telecast.

The minister cited the misuse of the telecast by Opposition MPs to play up trivial matters as the reason behind his proposal.

He also apologised to Malaysians for allowing the telecast, saying that it had tarnished the reputation of Parliament as an honourable place.

Ahmad Shabery said he did not want Malaysians to lose their belief and trust in their elected representatives for fear that the future of the country's politics and democracy would be lost for good.

"If the public see their MPs behaving like this, they will lose their belief in them. This is dangerous because they may also lose their belief in the system of government," he told reporters Thursday after giving a motivational speech to Umno grassroots leaders at Kampung Batu 1 here, about 70km from Ipoh.

He added that it was clear from Wednesday's sitting that the MPs were only putting on a show because of the live telecast as after the cameras were switched off, "proceedings went on as normal".

"For the first time in history, only three questions were answered in 90 minutes.

"If this is the result of a 30-minute telecast, imagine what would happen if we aired the entire thing. These MPs will do anything to interfere with the process by bringing up trivial matters," he said.

Ahmad Shabery noted that some politicians might feel the live telecast was an opportunity to show the public the kind of Opposition MPs they had elected into government.

"Maybe some Umno people may feel this is a good thing for they could just sit back and let the public see for themselves the true behaviour of these Opposition MPs.

"However, my ministry is not a ministry for Umno but for the public and we have to convince the people that Parliament is an honourable place," he said.

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