PSC on Electoral Reforms Another Black Eye for Barisan Nasional
I was asked to comment on the PSC report and I mentioned that it is another insincere attempt by the ruling regime to address the issue of gross abuses in the electoral system.
The fact that the parliament needs to establish a PSC for electoral reforms is a testimony of a compliant and timid Election Commission. Most of the PSC recommendations can be taken up by the EC. The body, empowered by the constitution, should have made the necessary proposals and recommendations to the parliament to ensure that the electoral process is not only fair but seen to be fair.
The parliamentary speaker's decision to disallow a minority report is a disgrace to the august house. If any, Pandikar Amin's attitude shows little respect to the PSC report and the parliamentary process. PSC on electoral reforms should not be another venue for partisan politics.
All political parties are responsible to play their part in the PSC and should not bastardize the process through their childish antics.
At the end, the public and voters were robbed of their rights to listen to a meaning and lively debate on the PSC report.
It is sad that in Malaysia there is little regard for the people and voters. Political parties are acting as they know best. Yes, do not 'fight the boss' attitude is prevalent in Malaysian politics.
I hope the outcome of PSC on electoral reforms is another eye opener for the people. The biggest loser is Najib administration. It is another dent to his reforms credentials. The way his parliamentarians rushed through the voting to pass the report is a setback and not a victory for Barisan Nasional.
Najib should take a leaf from Myanmar's reforms, however nascent it is, and should commit fully to his own efforts.
Since the politicians cannot decide, we the voters shall do the job for them!