Dewan Rakyat and Senate members should abide by the King's advice, says Mutang

KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara members should abide by the King's reminder to maintain decorum in the August houses as this can improve the quality of debates and promote mutual respect, says Datuk Mutang Tagal.

The Senate president said judging from past parliamentary proceedings shown live on television and social media, some of the representatives did not behave well and resorted to using harsh words against others.

He said as Members of Parliament elected by the people and as senators with experience in various fields, they should be voicing the people's concerns instead of indulging in endless politicking by verbally attacking each other.

"At the end of the day, the rakyat want to know whether their concerns such as cost of living can be solved and whether infrastructures such as health, social services and education are available, not only in the town but also in rural areas.

"Those are the issues that senators must bring up. Don’t bring all these political things. We don’t want to be seen as a rubber stamp,” he said when contacted on Monday (Feb 26).

In his Royal address to open the new Parliament session on Monday (Feb 26), His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim gave the green light to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Dewan Negara president to take action against any member, who misbehaves during proceedings.

His Majesty said the actions that could be taken against an errant MP include a 14-day suspension.

Mutang said debates should be used to discuss current issues to find solutions to problems and members of the houses should control their emotions when participating in the proceedings.

"Don't raise petty issues in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara,” said Mutang, who was appointed Senate president on Feb 19. - Bernama

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