Parliament shouldn’t be a political arena

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi

KUCHING: The Dewan Rakyat shouldn’t be used as a political arena for MPs to attack each other for political mileage.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the august House of old had quality in the speeches and statements made by its members when debating.

“In the effort towards the improvement and transformation of Parliament that the government is working on, I hope the members of Parliament should also agree to play a more mature role.

“This is because Parliament is where the issues and problems of the people are presented before laws are enacted.

“Therefore, the Dewan Rakyat should be a platform for all MPs to discuss and present their views with appropriate speeches and manners and not become a political arena to hit each other for public viewing,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Sept 19).

Wan Junaidi who is a former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker said he was confident that the transformation of Parliament would not only have a positive impact on the august House, but would also influence the transformation of national politics.

Earlier this month, the Santubong MP outlined transformation in the government and Parliament systems as well as examining the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) would be top priorities in his first 100 days in office.

“It is indeed timely to carry out the necessary improvements and transformation in the government and Parliament systems in order to suit the current social and political situation in dealing with modern-day challenges”.

He said the transformation would focus on two main areas namely to reintroduce the Parliamentary Service Act which would be more comprehensive to give independence to Parliament.

At the same time, he proposed to create a new Act of Parliament to replace the Houses of Parliament Privilege and Powers Act 1952 (revised 1988).

On his commitment towards the Malaysia Agreement 1963 in an effort to reinstate the rights of the people in Sabah and Sarawak as agreed under the MA63, Wan Junaidi said: “The MA63 is an issue that is close to my heart and this will be one of my priorities.”