Day in day out we see endless bickering between the Members of Parliament going on in our Parliament. Most of the issues that are raised border on personal differences between the MPs and much parliamentary time is wasted on these squabbles.
The problem with our country's politicians is an obvious lack of respect for the laws that they themselves table, debate, and vote into being gazetted as the fundamental rules and guidelines for this nation.
Why are we witnessing such breakdown of law and order especially in Parliament and also in most of the State Assemblies?
Are our elected MPs and State Assemblymen and women seriously lacking the required standard of grace, honorable conduct and decorum?
I propose that in the next General Elections, the Elections Commission make it a rule that all contestants be processed and tested for their general knowledge and capabilities of handling such a serious position as Members of Parliament and they be tested also for their academic qualifications and abilities of tabling and debating serious matters that concern the welfare and wellbeing of this nation.
Political parties that intend to field their candidates for the General Election must vet and process such candidates before nominating them to stand for elections.
Those who do not pass the basic general knowledge papers at STPM levels must be automatically disqualified from being nominated.
Even those who are graduates must be tested and checked thoroughly for their levels of maturity and capability to handle themselves as the representatives of their political parties to ensure that the next Malaysian Parliament be made up of deserving candidates and those who possess the highest standards of professional integrity and prowess to represent the people of Malaysia.
Candidates who do not possess vocabulary skills and a general temperament of being able to handle questions and provide rational and logical answers pertaining to relevant affairs of the running and governing of this nation ought to be rejected from contesting in the general elections. The same rules and criteria ought to be imposed on those running for by elections as well.
Only if all our political parties see to it that their candidates are made up of the best quality and qualified people to represent them, will our Malaysian Parliament be able to see to it that all concerned MPs whether they be from the ruling federal government or opposing state governments be able to focus their energies and available resources to see to it that development takes place in their respective constituencies and states.
By focusing on developing the country, both ruling factions can stand a better chance of being re-elected or risk losing their achievements in the coming 13th GE!
Those who are in power must remember that their positions are not forever. Every 5 years we will have our general elections.
Those who have been wasting both their time and the voters who have elected them will run the gauntlet of being ignored at the next GE.
No one is guaranteed of remaining in power.
Please stop the squabbling and get to work in the real sense of the word. Make sure that each ringgit that you earn as elected Members of the Malaysian Parliament is halal by your putting in your fair share of the work and help your respective constituents regardless of their political leanings and background.
Help the poor and the needy. Support the constituency by seeing to it that the necessary infrastructure and public amenities such as roads, drainage, streetlights, community centres, markets, schools, clinics and hospitals, shopping centres, business areas, etc. are all kept in good working order and that the local authorities and law enforcement agencies such as the police are overseeing the areas to ensure a crime free environment.
Do all these and you can be assured of standing a good chance of retaining your seats of power.
Neglect all such needs of the people and forget to provide job and business opportunities to the citizens of your parliamentary constituency and you can kiss your YB title goodbye!
At the end of the day, all the above and other relevant issues are what matters most to the people.
In reality, most Malaysians don't really care as to who rules over them but they just want to be able to live in peace and harmony by the day and do not dream of running amok on the streets just because some elected idiot choses to fan racial and religious differences to make his or herself look as heroes for whatever their distorted causes maybe?
All these unnecessary squabbling of 'Ketuanan Melayu' is merely the work of instigative media such as Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider, Harakah etc. who almost daily publish negative news and sensationalize trivia and petty issues to stir up needless animosity amongst the multi-ethnic, multi-faithed populace of this country.
Do you think Teresa Kok and Xavier here have lost their ethnic origins by adorning Malay attire and paying homage to His Royal Highness Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al Haj, the Sultan of Selangor Darul Ehsan?
Teresa Kok who is infamous for her anti this and anti that stance is shown here raising her hands in respect of the Sultan of Selangor. Even Dr. Xavier Jayakumar looks smart in his Malay official attire. Congratulations YB!
Here they are in all their Malay attire finery. Lost their Chinese and Indian identity? Not an iota if you really do a recheck.
Elizabeth Wong, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar, Teresa Kok, Ronnie Liu and Ean Yong Hian Wah are still as they are. None has or ever will lose their identity as Chinese or Indian. One thing for sure is that all will remain as Malaysians.
His Royal Highness DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Al Haj is one of the 9 symbols of 'Ketuanan Melayu' that we all speak of?
Here Selangor State Assembly Speaker YB Teng Chang Kim kisses Tuanku's hands after being conferred his Datukship!
Does this act of kissing Tuanku Seri Paduka Baginda's hand lessen his stature as a Malaysian Chinese political leader? Not a wee bit!
Its a natural act of honoring the Sultan of Selangor. One of the real Malay 'Tuan's'. Not any ordinary Malay common folk. This is the 'Ketuanan Melayu' that the Malays and this nation's Constitution upholds.
You want to remove 'Ketuanan Melayu' from Malaysia? You will have to remove the Malay Sultans in the real sense if you really, really wanna do that?
By this, I am referring to each and every MP who harbors that intention. You sure you can do that? Dream on!!!
Apart from Their Royal Highnesses, all other Malaysians from various ethnicities of this nation are all equal as rightful citizens of this country. The ordinary Malays are just as themselves. They do not lord it over anyone.
If we are to be fair and just in our assessment of the status of each and everyone citizen of this country, lets go take a look at the humongous bungalows and palatial residences of the various elite neighborhoods we have in almost every major town or city in Malaysia.
Who do you think lives opulently?
Only the handful of wealthy Malays or those from the Chinese and other ethnicities?
C'mon! Lets talk facts!
I can go shoot a video or take pictures of the fabulously rich and wealthy in Kuala Lumpur's elite suburbs.
Chances are that 8 out of 10 palatial bungalows will belong to a Malaysian Chinese.
This is a fact.
Do Malays begrudge them?
Most Malays are easily contented people. They are happy living a modest life. Only those who are sick at heart will propose otherwise.
As fellow Malaysians, we, the common people live a life usually free from envy and ill will.
Being religious people, most Malaysians are content with whatever that life offers them?
If we strive to improve our lot and become wealthier, there is no law that prohibits anyone, be they Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sikh, Orang Asli, etcetera from living a lifestyle that they can afford!
Political differences aside, most of our fellow Malaysians are a people who generally do not bother too much about what other people have and are enjoying?
It is a pity when a few lopsided politicians in our Malaysian Parliament pit our various ethnicities against each other just to advance and further their own personal agendas and vested interests.
Is that the purpose for their being there as MPs?
To cause unnecessary heartaches and unleash strife into the lives of millions of innocent Malaysians as a result of their posturing and endless squabbling day after day whilst enjoying a fat salary and other untold perks paid for by the taxpaying public?
Each of us who are Muslims get to live between the 5 daily prayers. We have managed to offer our Subuh prayers. Alhamdulillah!
There is just no guarantee that we will get to complete or perform our Zohor solats. So on to Asar then to Maghrib and onwards to Isya' and Insya Allah to the next Subuh!
Those of you who are non Muslims are also in your own categories of observing your own faiths.
Death escapes no one.
We don't get to tell the Angel of Death that please excuse us for a minute or so because we have this and that appointment.
When our time is up ; its time to go. No delays for even a split second or the same in advance.
This is the reality of our life's.
I pray that our MPs wise up.
May our nation be protected from the natural disasters that many other countries have and are still suffering from?
May Malaysia be our motherland of peace, harmony and progress that each of us stands to gain from by working together to make sure it doesn't come apart due to the selfish ones who don't give a damn about others just as long as they get to squash their fat asses into the seats of power and wanna die in it!
* All photos used in this article belongs to and remains the property of my photoblogger friend Minaq Jinggo, one of Malaysia's top photo journalist.
Terimakasih ya sahabat!