WITH time to spare during this movement control order period, I have for the first time in my 32 years of life begun to watch the Dewan Rakyat proceedings in these past few days.
To the regular rakyat, the constant brick-batting and arguments may seem like totally inefficient use of time, which could be better used to table and discuss matters, but if one truly looks beyond that, one will begin to see and understand that on both sides of the divide, there are actual productive comments and a lot of emotion, energy and feeling being put in.
I wouldn’t consider myself a fan or supporter of the current government, nor am I a fan of the scripted and often irrelevant remarks made by Tenggara (Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba) and Arau (Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim).
But I am a fan of Rembau (Khairy Jamaluddin). I’m also a fan of the comments that are often made by Kulim-Bandar Baharu (Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail), Bangi (Ong Kian Ming), Segambut (Hannah Yeoh), Muar (Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman) and Kuala Selangor (Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad), among others.
On the surface, it may seem like I am a fan of the opposition, but I beg to differ.
I am for all MPs who truly and wholeheartedly want to make a difference, and I am very glad that democracy is thriving in this arena because we are allowed to witness every second of what transpires in this august House.
More importantly, I think that at this juncture and moment in time, the rakyat want our elected MPs to know that we do not care about what party they represent or their religion or race, but rather that every Malaysian is accounted for in their grand schemes.
Please work together. Put all your many years of experience and knowledge, join hands with the civil servants like our Health director-general, and stand united in delivering Malaysia and its people out of this health and economic crises that we are facing now.
That is all we want you to do.
Thank you to the MPs who truly care.
For the others, the rakyat will decide your fate in the next general election.
It’s never too late to buck up. As the old Malay saying goes, “Ada kerak, adalah nasi”.