Sunday, June 28, 2015


By Mansor Puteh

In Malaysia almost anyone can run in the elections to get seats in the parliament and the many state assemblies.

Some of them have ran for years, but all of them seem to be running on the spot, with the non-Melayu members not being able to speak excellent Melayu; they still speak in the same manner and using the same words in their argument, and in the immigrant accent.

They have not bothered to improve their command and mastery of Melayu. They enjoy being the fool. But the real fools are those who voted for them wherever they are, even when they were voted out in the areas where they grew up in, and in the other states.

Only in Malaysia where a person can go to another area in another state and run in the elections there and if he wins and his party also wins, he can become the state’s chief minister!

So what we have in Malaysia are members of parliament and the state assemblies who do not have the proper education to be able to serve the communities they are voted to do that.

They are also probably more people with legal backgrounds in the parliament and state assemblies in Malaysia than in the other countries. Are lawyers better qualified to represent the people or voters than the others?

How many lawyers or attorneys in America are in politics?

So in the end, they serve themselves, taking the pay they get as members of parliament and state assembly persons.

Some of them are not happy to be in one of the houses, so they opted to run in both the parliament and state assemblies, with some winning, but they do not care if they are able to serve anyone.

They only care to serve themselves and their own parties which usually serve a cause which does not benefit the community.

The ‘best’ member of parliament the country ever had was Low Gue Burne, a member representing Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR) for Kelana Jaya in Selangor.

He rose to fame when he recorded on his phone the ramblings of an Indian lawyer which had some incriminating information in it.

However, his father was offered to run in Kelana Jaya but refused so his son ran. No one thought PKR could win Kelana Jaya, so they did not care to put anyone who was willing to put his name and face in the twelfth general elections in 2004.

And shockingly, PKR won and Gue Burne became Kelana Jaya’s new member of parliament betting the incumbent from Barisan Nasional whose party had kept this seat since the general election stated.

However, Gue Burne who could not speak much Melayu only ended up raising his hand to support any motion by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, and taking the perks due to him as member of parliament, by only managing to ask a question that was written, which sounded to be silly, that the minister, Syed Hamid then laughed at it.

For the 2008 general elections, Gue Burne was not chosen by his party because now that they know they could keep the area of Kelana Jaya so they got someone else instead.

This is Malaysia. But in Iran the picture is totally different.

In Iran anyone who wishes to run in the election for a seat in their parliament called Majlis has to have at least a master’s degree in anything. He cannot just enter politics because he could not find any other employment.

In Malaysia, there is no such law, so many who are school dropouts and social outcasts enter the political arena, because there is a lot of money involved that they can gain even if they lose.

So in the end most of the members of parliament are people who are not so well-educated; they are just party smart and street smart; they are not that smart.

They have thick faces so they can do and say almost anything as long as they get in the news.

And not surprisingly, none of them has ever been given due recognition as leaders abroad, not that they cared to achieve such a standing.

Will the politicians in Malaysia from the two sides and the third sides, the intellectuals and other well-meaning individuals and groups want to ask the government or parliament to pass a law forcing those who want to run for parliament and the state assemblies have a master’s degree?

No way.

If this happens, then most of those who are very active in politics will find themselves thrown out of the political arena including the many in the Barisan cabinet, too.

In fact, almost everybody in the opposition too would be barred from being involved in politics; they can become officers of their own parties but not run in any election.

The law is good in the long-run as it encourages those who wish to enter politics to prepare themselves much like anyone who wishes to become a medical doctor to prepare himself by getting a medical degree before he can work as a doctor.

You do not want to see members of parliament and the state assemblies in Malaysia who are not educated who are just brave and want to represent the others who are far better educated them, do you?

In Malaysia, the opposition does not oppose; they only get annoyed and know how to criticize and this is not the real or true job for the opposition to do which is to allow the government of the day do as they please so the people know how good or bad they are and the voters can react to what they perceive in the next general elections to replace the government and install a new one.

In this way everyday politics or politicking can be taken off the streets by those in the opposition who know they do not have to lose if they trust themselves to be the champions of the masses, which alas comprise of only a small group of people who are noisy and rowdy who like to claim that they are representing the majority.  

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