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We are not like the SUPP elected representatives who can only say “Yes” to the Chief Minister.

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 10:55 PM PDT

We are not like the SUPP elected representatives who can only say "Yes" to the Chief Minister.
In reply to Dr Sim's allegation that the Opposition is like "naughty children" in Dewan Undangan Negeri, my simple reply to his allegation is that we DAP elected representatives are not the "Yes Man" the likes of SUPP.
It is the "Ya" and "Betul" nature of SUPP which has led to the exploitation and erosion of the people's rights by the power that be over the decades.
Especially in a place like DUN, we debate on policies and issues. As the term implies, "debate" is a two-way intercourse, whereby the Ministers are confronted with questions which have to be answered on the spot.
"Debate" is unlike "speech". Debates entail argument and two-way exchange of views whereas speech means one person talks and all other listen.
The BN has also to be reminded that DUN is not a classroom where the teacher teaches and students listen. DUN is a place whereby the Government's policies are subject to questions and scrutiny, especially by the Opposition members.
The role played by DAP in DUN is to debate on Government policies and point out the flaws of the BN government's policies. That is why we question in DUN and confront the Ministers when their reply is not true and does not reflect the actual situation on the ground.
The SUPP and BN want to turn the Sarawak DUN into a forum where the Ministers speak and no one question the Minister on their speeches.
If that is the case, don't call it debate in DUN. One might as well call it "a lecture in a high-class classroom".
I have been a Member of Parliament for more than 10 years. In Parliament, the debates are all two-way exchanges of views and arguments, and the Backbenchers and Ministers are all subject to impromptu questioning by other Members of Parliament in the House. Some can reply well, some not so well, but all are subject to questioning and interjection when they speaks and all are willing to take questions when they speaks.
It is a pity that in the Sarawak DUN, due to the lack of preparation and inability to answer questions offhand, the BN Backbenchers and Ministers tend to hide behind the Speaker who act as their "PROTECTOR" and switch off the mikes of the Opposition Members when the questions become too difficult to answer.
The Speaker in Sarawak DUN, besides chairing the meeting, also had the added responsibility of making sure that there is no embarrassing moment where Ministers cannot answer the questions from the Opposition.
I wish to re-iterate:
1. DUN is not a classroom; and
2. debate is not a lecture, but allows for exchange of arguments and views..
Dr Sim's "naughty children" allegation only reveals that the SUPP has not changed a bit. Their mentality still remains the "YES MAN" mentality when it comes to facing their "Big Brother", ie, the Chief Minister. They do not dare to say "No" and do not dare to criticise him.
11-6-2016
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman

张健仁揶揄人联党太乖 人民权利不断被剥削

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 10:53 PM PDT

  (古晋11日讯)民主行动党古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员张健仁揶揄沈桂贤,行动党的议员不是如人联党议员一般只会对首长毕恭毕敬。
针对沈桂贤今日指反对党的议员犹如'顽皮小孩'的评论,张健仁反驳说,人联党的议员就是因为"太乖",甚至被誉为"Ya"(椰)和"Betul"(水瓶),所以人们的权利才会被当权者不断的剥削。
张氏说,议会辩论本来就应该有当面对质现问现答的。 州议员在州议会是辩论,不是演讲。辩论是双向的,有来有往,而演讲则是单向的,只有演讲者讲,其他人全部都只有听的份。
"行动党议员进入州议会就是要针对政策进行辩论,点出政府政策的弊病并向国阵部长当面对质。 人联党和国阵在州议会的倾向就是要把州议会变成一言堂,这有部长讲话,其他人听书就是了。 而议长的角色,目前就是协助国阵把州议会变成一言堂的学校课室。"
张氏表示,他中选国会议员十几年了,在国会的辩论一直都是有来有往,当场打岔质问和反驳的。
他表示遗憾,只有在州议会,因为国阵的州议员,甚至部长,没有准备功课,因此无法面对反对党州议员的当面对质,唯有躲在议长权威后面,由议长用"封麦"行动来阻止反对党议员当面对质,以避免国阵部长和议员们不懂回答问题的尴尬状况发生。
张健仁指出,州议会不是学校课室,而开州议会不是在学校上课,听老师说书说教。
"沈桂贤的这番'顽皮小孩'论就充分的彰显出人联党领袖在面对土保党老大的心态,即,必须言听计从、毕恭毕敬,面对不公,不敢反抗的心态。"
张氏反问沈桂贤,也已经当了国会上议员两年多了,难道他不知道国会辩论的情景,或是他鲜少出席国会因而不知国会辩论的情况。

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