Disgruntled public continue to vent anger at absent MPs

by Lian Cheng, reporters@theborneopost.com.      Posted on April 9, 2015, Thursday

KUCHING: Absentee MPs from the opposition continue to receive public lashing despite the call for disgruntled members of the public to express their anger directly to them.

Following the failure of 24 opposition members of Parliamant (MP) to turn up for a bloc voting on the Prevention of Crime Act (Pota) during the wee hours of Monday morning, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli yesterday posted on his Twitter a suggestion that the angry public express their disgruntlement directly to the MPs who were missing at the critical hour.

“I suggest the angry public write personally to the MPs who didn’t attend to deliver the message. Perhaps it won’t repeat the next time,” said Rafizi, who is also PKR vice president.

His suggestion, however, failed to cool down the “angry public”. Instead, netizens demanded the full list of absentee MPs while some were making efforts to compile the list.

As of press time, out of the 24, 15 MPs who were not present during the voting were named. They included DAP top leaders Lim Kit Siang (Gelang Patah) and Lim Guan Eng(Bagan) as well as Liew Chin Tong (Kluang).

From PKR, the party’s chief whip Johari Abdul (Sungai Petani) as well as its top leader Datuk Azmin Ali (Gombak) were found to be absent. Most of the absentees were said to be from PAS, including party whip Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena).

Despite explanation by some MPs such as no prior notification of a voting or no prior party instruction to stay on, netizens were still disappointed and grumpy, stressing that these MPs should be around despite the fate of being outnumbered was sealed.

Although the full attendance of opposition MPs would not have prevented the passing of Pota with BN holding the majority in the Parliament, the absence of opposition MPs still riled their supporters and those objecting the bill which was passed with 79 BN lawmakers voting in favour and 60 PR MPs voting against.

In response to Malaysiakini news reports on Rafizi’s suggestion, netizens continued to question the total silence of Kit Siang and Guan Eng, likening the behaviour of the Lims to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Netizen Stig pointed out that if all opposition MPs were around, BN lawmakers, knowing full well the lack of numbers, would not have continued to debate and later pass the bill at wee hours but to end the session early and postpone it until the day when they confidently had the upper hand.

Rejecting the excuse, a netizen called Chapati argued that passing bills at the wee hours has been a modus operandi of BN, and the opposition leaders should have known better and made themselves present.

Netizen Kangkung reacted directly to Rafizi’s suggestion, stressing that there would be “NO next time” as it had happened once too often and demanded the list of the MPs be published.

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Disgruntled public continue to vent anger at absent MPs by Lian Cheng, reporters@theborneopost.com.      Posted on April 9, 2015, Thursday KUCHING: Absentee MPs from the opposition continue to receive public lashing despite the call for disgruntled members of the public to express their anger directly to them. Following the failure of...