Why were by-elections before 2008 not a waste of public funds?
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw asks the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib to explain why by-elections before 2008 were welcome by Barisan Nasional especially Umno but not now?
Najib said:"We are not afraid of losing to them but it is a sheer waste of public funds."
Why is it that after 2008, these by-elections are a sheer waste of public funds?
We believe that an administration should be clean and trustworthy irrespective of which coalition is in power, whether Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Rakyat (PR). If a minister or an exco member is proven to be corrupt, he or she should relinquish the post and pay the price according to the laws.
A by-election is held when it is necessary or when it cannot be helped. A fair election is part of constitutional democracy.
On 16.4.2009, former Penang deputy chief minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin resigned as the state assemblyman for Penanti. The 34-year-old Fairus is under investigation by the Commission for alleged corruption involving quarry operations.
BN usually welcome by-elections. After the March 8, 2008 general elections, things have changed.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw