Polls reform row: Surrender to God and be subservient to the people - Shahrir
KUALA LUMPUR- The Election Commission (EC) should not be vilified as it does not determine the fate of candidates in the election, said Datuk Seri Abdul Shahrir Samad (BN-Johor Baru).
"Hence, it is not necessary for any party to disparage the EC, accusing it of being unjust, and accusing the police of being unfair to reflect as if the election process is unclean.
"Does it mean that when we win all the seats, then only the election system is fair. I think we cannot do that. We do not know where the people's hearts lie," he said when interjecting a speech by Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) during debate on the Supplementary Supply Bill (2011) 2012 at the Dewan Rakyat today.
"As such, I want to put on record that our destiny as elected representatives, when we stand for an election, we need to be subservient and surrender to God, and the wisdom of the people," said Shahrir.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Jaafar expressed his amazement over Shahrir's remarks while Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Ind-Pasir Mas) described it as an honest argument and not a political rhetoric.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the EC should not be pressured but instead be given space and time to go through all the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Electoral Reform before a final decision is made.
As such, he reminded all quarters including the opposition not to pressure the EC and the government to implement the recommendations before the next general election.
"It has only been two days since the Dewan Rakyat passed the recommendations made by the PSC. I urge everyone to be patient, I am sure the EC will implement without delay the recommendations it can," he said when replying to a question from Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong).
Tan had asked what was the feedback from the EC on the recommendations when Nazri was winding up debate on the Supply Bill 2011.
He also said MPs would also be given an opportunity to address electoral issues with the chairman and deputy chairman of the EC on April 16.
The opposition was unhappy that the recommendations by the PSC were passed by the Dewan without including a minority report that opposition members in the committee had wanted to include.