Parliament debate on PSC report on electoral reform – most disgraceful episode and worst blot on Malaysian Parliament in nation’s 55 years

What happened today is the most disgraceful episode and worst blot on the Malaysian Parliament in the nation’s 55 year history.

It all stemmed from the mistake made by the Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin who had rejected an amendment motion by the three Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Members of Parliament on the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform, Loke Siew Fook (Rasah), Mohamed Azmin (Gombak) and Dr. Mohd Hatta (Kuala Krai) seeking to incorporate a minority report into the PSC final report tabled in Parliament yesterday.

After the PSC Chairman Datuk Maximus Ongkili moved the motion on the PSC report after question time, Loke stood up to object to the Speaker’s rejection in chambers of the amendment motion by the three PR MPs.

Pandikar quoted Parliamentary precedents from New Zealand and the United Kingdom and said there is no such thing as a “minority report”.

When PR MPs responded to Pandikar’s invitation to quote precedents and pointed out that the Speaker had been wrongly advised when he claimed that there is no such thing as “minority reports” in Commonwealth Parliaments, Pandikar refused to review his decision.

Parliament spent close to an hour before lunch recess on the Speaker’s refusal to allow the amendment to the motion on the PSC report so to append a minority report addressing the fundamental issue of a clean and comprehensive electoral roll and this issue continued to dominate Parliament when the House resumed proceedings after lunch with Deputy Speaker Datuk Robert Kiandee in the chair.

Shortly after the post-lunch exchanges, Pandikar made a surprise entry into Parliament and took over from Robert Kiandee and proceeded to suspend three PR MPs Azmin, R. Sivarasa (Subang) and Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor) for questioning the Speaker’s ruling.

This reduced the House to pandemonium with all the PR MPs standing up in protest. This created a din in the House with PR and Barisan Nasional MPs as well as the Speaker shouting at the top of their voices.

Pandikar lost control of the House and hurriedly put Maximum’s motion to a vote without debate, which was allegedly passed with the majority of MPs not knowing what was happening! The House was then precipitately adjourned.

A sad day indeed when many MPs had wanted to debate the PSC report on electoral reform.

Pakatan Rakyat MPs from all the three parties, DAP, PKR and PAS, were prepared for a full debate on the PSC report on electoral reforms, zeroing in particularly on the Election Commission’s failure to ensure a clean and comprehensive electoral roll – the prerequisite for a clean, free and fair elections in the 13th GE.

In fact, only one of the eight Bersih 2.0 demands for clean, free and fair elections is being implemented – on the use of indelible ink.

Even on the 10 recommendations of the PSC interim report, only two have been fully accepted while the others have either been accepted only in part or rejected totally like the Election Commission’s rejection of the PSC interim report proposal for a reconfirmation of voters’ roll in Sabah and the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the serious problem of illegals becoming voters in Sabah.

Under these circumstances, can Malaysians expect the 13th GE to be clean, free and fair in keeping with Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claim of Malaysia as “the best democracy in the world”?

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Bersih 3.0 is the solution!

  2. #2 by sotong on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 6:17 pm

    They are not ready to play fair. May be another 20 years.

  3. #3 by Bunch of Suckers on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 6:44 pm

    NOPE!!! Another 20 years??? No ways!!!!

    Just 5 more years, rakyat will wear banana leaves as skirts and pants!!!! BN/UMNO suckers suck them all, man!!!

    All natural resources will have been exhausted by those suckers. Rakyat need to send maids to work overseas in addition to paw all their home stuffs to Paw shops/Money Lenders for survivals!!!

    Those suckers will being migrating and living happily overseas. That’s fact!!!

  4. #4 by negarawan on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 7:36 pm

    It is high time for Bersih 3.0 and we need the support from international community to highlight the lawlessness and corruption in Malaysia under UMNO. Cheating in the elections by controlling the EC is totally unacceptable in any part of the civilized world! This is what criminals like Najip has delivered and we must never allow them to rule again! UMNO has raped the country of its wealth, progress, and dignity. Enough is enough! ABU! ABU!

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 9:09 pm

    Many people have already predicted that formation of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform was merely a show.

  6. #6 by cseng on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 9:44 pm

    Can’t even dare to debate it, yet Najib calls it reform.

    Looks like a reform to Najib’s reform pledge.

  7. #7 by GodIsWatching on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 9:52 pm

    BN will continue to win simple and naive minds who content themselves with merely the superficial deliverables by BN. So if the setting up of PSC is tangible enough to be regarded a commendable effort by BN, then commendable it is then to these simple minds unfortunately.

    ProBN citizens simply want to maintain the comfortable status quo with UMNO having a guarantee of free power whilst the other 2 stooge components MCA and MIC can just be allowed to carry on blending in with the wallpaper when it comes to what little representation or voice they have. Corruption and self seeking culture becomes exactly that – a cultivated culture reserved for the rich and powerful that is never rejected.

    However, all is never lost because at hand is still a stronghold of Malaysian generation that is not pinned down by ghosts of the past but instead fully demanding and hungering for justice, equality and racial harmony that they know is the only guarantee for a better and greater Malaysia. For them and for their children.

    Hope this dilineation can reveal to us just where we stand in the midst of this perfect political storm. Knowing where we stand should therefore compel us to do every single thing that we are required to do this GE13. It is no longer about voters doing things right. It is all about doing the right thing.

  8. #8 by drngsc on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 10:31 pm

    What happened is not surprising.
    The reason is obvious.
    The response is also obvious.

    The fear of losing power is also corrupts absolutely.

    BERSIH 3.0 here we come.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE 13 is coming soon. Bersih 3.0 to clean up first. Come one come all. You have nothing to fear except fear itself.
    For a better Malaysia.
    Change we must. Change we can

  9. #9 by Godfather on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 10:36 pm

    What are you going to do ? They take RM250 million of public money for their personal use, then they ask you: so what ? Then they make a token charge of the minister’s husband and tell you that you can’t talk about the scandal anymore. They forgo a judgment of hundreds of millions against an UMNOputra, then they say you can’t talk about it. They charge a couple of Chinamen for billions lost on PKFZ but they have no intention of recovering the money. And we can’t talk about it.

    They say we can’t talk about anything that they have no answers to, and still they get voted into power to rape and pillage.

  10. #10 by Godfather on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 10:38 pm

    The RCI on Sabah immigration was promised by them, but when the time came to deliver on the promise, they chickened out. Yet the Sabah ministers did nothing, and we can be sure that Sabahans will still vote for them.

  11. #11 by tak tahan on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 10:52 pm

    I for once will never give Najib the benefit of the doubt since he is well known to be inconsistent with his words and promises.He doesn’t mean what he say or either the other way round.Is this self-totally lost guy such a fool that he thinks he could take us for another bigger fool.

    Najib,your apology is certainly not acceptable because it’s lacked of sincerity.You have shown who you really are-unrepentant habitual liar of the worst spoilt brat born with a silver spoon in you mouth!.If possible i’ll throw all the useless utensil tools from you cabinet into your mouth!So much so for your best democracy….hahahahaha…but next time,do not say it loud enough for us to hear again.We’ve heard enough from you!!!!!!!!!!

  12. #12 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 10:54 pm

    ‘….can Malaysians expect the 13th GE to be clean, free and fair….’.

    We know that it will be one of the dirtiest, if not the dirtiest, elections. It is a definite thing as BN’s very own survival will be at stake.

    The question is knowing this, what is the PR going to do about it to ensure that it will win despite the hanky-pankies?

    While it still has time, it should take measures to utilise its resources to overcome all obstacles. Do it now and don’t complain when it is too late.

  13. #13 by GodIsWatching on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 11:10 pm

    Whilst PR may for this season be At the forefront of spearheading, advocating and confronting BN for glorious change by the people and for the people, even of the people – Malaysians must never lose sight of the fundamental tenet that democracy is to be participated in by each relevant and important citizen and not just one party known as the Opposition.

    Together, citizens must take democratic action to move in thunderous roar and fervency to reject all oppression, deceit, robbery and murder of the livelihood of the poor and sidelined by unrepentant leaders of UMNO BN. We must pass the test of the century if change is to come- will more come out for Bersih 3.0

  14. #14 by Loh on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - 11:15 pm

    /// Chinese voters should not trust Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to resolve the Chinese school issue as the pact’s leader refused to fix the problem when he was education minister, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said today.///—MalaysiaToday

    Yes Anwar failed in his duty in 1987. But UMNO Minister of Education for the past 25 years have failed to solve the problem and they are still failing. Shouldn’t Anwar be given a chance to revisit the problem?

  15. #15 by Jong on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 12:01 am

    Don’t even dream of ‘Free and Fair’ election.
    Those Najis rats are already down to the knees, desperate! They know they will be wiped out come GE-13. Let’s stay focused and not give them slightest opportunity to declare emergency and rule forever!

  16. #16 by GodIsWatching on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 12:19 am

    What we are seeing been unravelled is really BN rearing its ugliest head just to be unshaken and unremoved at GE13 which BN is so evidently surrendered to the cold hard truth that it has lost since a long time ago. Since BN can never succeed if it comes up against the Rakyat who take democratic action, it is merely now executing its crime in a white-gloved manner, adamant to shamelessly stay in power and to deceive itself that it ‘leads’ when there no longer is any follower.

    Rakyat sekalian, let’s do this together, we just need to take powerful democratic action to demand for those we vote in to serve the people with integrity, honesty and sincerity. Just doing our part will in its way combat the menacing and toothless BN and get rid of those complacent leaders who have lost all sight of their duties and who are given in to pleasing their own bellies instead of defending the needy.

    Take comfort that God alone will deal with fraudsters.

  17. #17 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 1:33 am

    Why am I not surprised by the Speaker’s ruling? I had expected it because if anything, he has been very consistent. He has been consistent in rejecting any motion brought up by the Opposition. And the fact he suddenly turn up after lunch to take over the chair and throw out the three MPs speaks volumes. Appears to me someone badly wants to make sure the minority report is not approved and the three most vociferous MPs are ejected to make sure it stays rejected.

    He has just become the catalyst to trigger Bersih 3. Hold off Bersih 3 until GE13 is announced and only then go to town with the full facts of this charade.

  18. #19 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 6:33 am

    Y d ANGER N SHOCK? DISGRACEFUL? As if rakyat expect UmnoB/BN 2 b FAIR!!?
    All these years, UmnoB/BN hv proven themselves 2 b CORRUPT n CROOKS (MMK d greatest of them all n laid d foundation 4 dis; truly BAPAK KORUPSI)
    Without all d dirty unfair tricks, UmnoB/BN would not b what they r today – cheating 2 hang on 2 power (MORE so now than ever)
    AhCHEATkor is asking 4 MORE $$$$ 2 give away, using OUR $$$$ 2 BRIBE n BUY votes
    Rakyat/voters MUST kick out UmnoB/BN 2 SAVE dis nation

  19. #20 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 7:24 am

    NOT surprising mah, our UmnoB/BN servants kept telling d world:
    We got d best education system (better than European n d US), anti-corruption agency (better than HK’s n Singapore’s), public safety record, n of cos now d electoral system
    If only eveyday is April 1st

  20. #21 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 8:37 am

    Electoral reform debate in parliament. Two issues here. (1) Election. Our constitution right. (2) Parliamentary debate. The place where our rights are debated. And what happened? Umno was monkeying about with our constitutional right and did it in OUR house of parliament.

  21. #22 by k1980 on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 9:04 am

    IHe has accepted Speilberg’s offer to act as Yoda the Jedi master in his new episode of Star Wars 3D×200.jpg

  22. #23 by The Outsider on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 9:21 am

    The best democracy in the world my foot.

    Malaysia is not a democratic society, it is a country ruled by a big mafia gang, with its leaders gobbling up all the people’s money and still dare to state out its achievements and saying they do what is right for the people without shame.

    I doubt there will be any fair election in this country. The EC head should be elected by the people, and not appointed by government officials. The link between the EC and the government is just too obvious to accept the fact that EC is not independent at all.

  23. #24 by sotong on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 9:30 am

    They need a lot of time to ” clean up”…..a few more GE’s victory will give them a peace of mind to sleep soundly!

  24. #25 by Jong on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 - 2:20 pm

    This evil arrogant Najis Rat must have made a U-turn to Parliament with instruction from above, how else but with this tool to silence the opposition MPs!

    He’s a downright disgrace to his Sabah constituents who gave him their votes. Time to eradicate najis rats the likes him!

  25. #26 by monsterball on Thursday, 5 April 2012 - 3:14 am

    It appears 13th GE will be the dirtiest and Malaysians who support BN must wake up and change for their own good.
    Join and be People Power on the right side…not n the side…supporting corruptions and disuniting Malaysians…supporting Dictatorship rule blindly.
    If all believe what Najib has said that he has delivered what he promises…as published in papers…then where are the conclusions to Teoh Beng Hock case..Atlantuya…and even PKFZ case?
    NOTHING have been done to stamp out corruptions.
    In fact…it is not done openly by Najib.
    In 11 weeks…he used RM700 million to bribe Malaysians.

  26. #27 by monsterball on Thursday, 5 April 2012 - 3:22 am

    Bribing will be Najib’s first choice to tell much …he cares.
    After 13th GE…if BN wins and he finally be an elected PM…then see what will happen to our wrecked country will become….BANKRUPT with MAIDS and factory workers.. from Malaysian to other countries.
    Remember..we are suppose to be super rich…space age country.
    Check that out compare to Singapore and South Korea.

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