What is the purpose of parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms?
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib to explain why the Cabinet has proposed the formation of a Select Committee to discuss electoral reforms in the coming October 2011 parliamentary session especially if it intends to hold the next general election any time..
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri has been saying that the Select Committee will come out with electoral reforms to ensure a fair and clean general election and that it's recommendations will be implemented in the next general election.
On 19.8.2011, Dr Tan comments on the statement by Najib that the next general election is not bound by the work of the parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms.
Malaysians wonder what the Prime Minister means when he says that the Government would strive to implement recommendations made by the committee before the elections. Once the committee is approved by parliament in the coming October sitting, it will take time, perhaps six months or longer for it to be able to give recommendations and the election laws to be amended and enforced. If Najib declares an earlier election, how would he implement the committee's recommendations?
His minister Nazri talks of amending electoral laws before the next general elections. He is now saying that these are not bound by the work of the committee.
Malaysians are left wondering what the Prime Minister wants to do with the select committee. Is he truly sincere? Does he mean business?
Now, the Election Commission is prepared to see Bersih that has been demanding for electoral reforms in the last few years. The Government has taken action against the organization. Why does Najib have a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms when it intends to hold the next general election any time?
Tan Seng Giaw