April 21, 2008 · Opinions & Commentaries
As highlighted by a blogger couple of days ago, 29 members of parliament including seven from Sarawak failed to submit their questions to parliament recently. What amazed me, is that some of them were former ministers, deputy ministers and seasoned MPs.
If the new MPs can get away with answers such as “I didn’t know the procedures” etc, those who have been in parliament for 20 years definitely can’t. For whatever the reasons they gave - they’ve betrayed the rakyat's trust on them and also that of the Prime Minister who has chosen them to represent Barisan Nasional.
Datuk Haji Wahab bin Haji Dolah - Igan
Datuk Wahab won the Igan parliamentary seat without contest during last March 8 election. Since he won the seat without contest he probably thought he can skip the 'question and answers' session in parliment.
Billy Abit Joo - Hulu Rejang
Billy Abit Joo - has been Hulu Rejang MP for 20 years now. If he can get away during the 20 years of his tenure as MP for Hulu Rejang, there is no reason why he can’t this time.
The fact that the Kayan, Kenyah, Punan, Penan, Iban and other in Hulu Rejang constituency continue to elect him shows that he had served them. But kinda pity those who have put their trust in him and being repaid in this manner.
Hulu Rajang is one of the least developed areas in Sarawak. To get to Long Jawe for example takes two days long boat ride. There is no way to know whatever happen in the outside world in this remote place.
Ding Kuong Hiing - Sarikei
Typical of any BN reps. During his campaign Ding promises all sort of things - including setting up of Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Sarikei. However, when it comes to performing his duty as MP - “aiyoo…forgot la”. Well Ding, you can get away this time, we know you’re busy lobbying for TARC.
Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe - Mas Gading
The only matter to this guy is that he is in the cabinet. He went on revolt recently over his dismissal - trumpeting the Bidayuh have been betrayed and sidelined. Perhaps, still being bitter about the whole thing he decided the Bidayuh shouldn’t ask any questions anymore.
Dato’ Sri Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah - Mukah
Rumored to be the next TYT of Sarawak, therefore he can get away with it. Anyway, there is nothing Mukah ever needed it doesn’t have now. A university, a SCORE, including the Chief Minister of Sarawak!