MPs must stop their theatrics for the sake of people


The people can now see for themselves, think for themselves and even decide for themselves when it comes to whether they can trust the opposition Members of Parliament to be their representatives.

Watching the ongoing Parliament special sitting, uncouth mannerisms, misbehaviour, clamorous uproar and hullabaloo have become the order of the day.

Indeed, tumultuous furor and pandemonium created by opposition lawmakers rule the day in this sitting, and the live broadcasts are simply not advisable for viewing as it will set a bad example as a promotion of negativity

Right from Day One of this special sitting, opposition MPs including Pakatan Harapan president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have only spent their time hitting out at the government-of-the-day. They have been pointing out its so-called faults, weaknesses and wrongdoings in its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic instead of sharing constructive views or opinions on how to salvage and better the well-being of people during these trying times.

If they are genuinely concerned for the people’s well-being, why do they continue with their demeaning behavior by creating ruckus and throwing caution to the wind? The King’s order was for Parliament to reconvene as soon as possible to allow the Emergency Proclamation and the National Recovery Plan to be debated and reviewed by MPs for the sake of the nation’s and people’s well-being. However, the continued commotion and uproar shows that this doesn't seem to be the case. Instead, this is a clear reflection of their selfishness and desire to grab power from the present Perikatan Nasional-led government.

The continued shouting match, with the government and backbenchers being labeled with all sorts of insults and snobbery seemed to be the order of the day.

On numerous occasions, there were also shouts from the opposition for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign. Even Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun was not spared when he was labeled as a government lapdog. Instead of debating on matters pertaining to the people’s lives and livelihoods and the country’s well-being, these lawmakers continued to “ramp up” their misdemeanors and troublesomeness.

When Muhyiddin was briefing lawmakers on the National Recovery Plan (NRP) which outlines how the government intends to exit from movement restrictions, there was jostling and shouting among opposition members that initially drowned out his speech.

Under the NRP, the transition from each phase will be guided by the average number of daily cases, the vaccination rate and the level of utilization of hospital ICU beds. And they were up in arms when the prime minister was absent from responding to questions about the NRP that he tabled in the morning.

The winding-up by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz on behalf of the Prime Minister, was disrupted by loud noises and bantering by lawmakers. Little did they know that Muhyiddin was actually virtually chairing a special National Security Council meeting from 3pm until 6.20pm yesterday. This was revealed by Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor in his Facebook account when he

uploaded photos of the virtual meeting.

As it is, the sitting over the past two days looks like a one-sided affair, with opposition lawmakers throwing tantrums at every single opportunity they can. Although questions and proposals are allowed during this sitting, opposing lawmakers will not utilize this hardly-sufficient time for serious rakyat-related deliberation or arguments.

To them, ministerial briefings - just like what opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said - are like listening to ministers’ lectures. They are now atrociously ‘fighting’ for tabling of motions to be allowed. One thing for sure is that through this, they are hoping they could grab power from the present government.

The way these opposition lawmakers are conducting themselves in Parliament only means that they do not want to fulfill the people’s expectations. In a way, the rakyat’s expectations are being grossly misplaced. We must remember that it was Istana Negara’s call for this special sitting to be held to debate the people’s and the country’s well-being but believe me, opposition MPs will go on wasting their time on theatrics and childish antics. Stop fooling around, MPs. Feel the rakyat, be with them.

Hadi Ali

Kampung Istana, Batu Pahat,

Johor.

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