Judge not MPs by media
PORT DICKSON: The performance of Members of Parliament should not be judged by media reports on them, said Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin.
“Media reports are only extracts of the whole parliamentary session,” he said, commenting on public complaints about the performance of MPs in parliamentary debates.
“What the public see or read is only part of the session. It is not fair to say MPs are wasting time in debating trivial issues in the House, based on these short reports.”
Zainuddin also defended the language proficiency of the MPs.
“Some non-Malay MPs debate fluently in Malay,” he told reporters after closing a Komuniti Bistari debate here on Sunday.
He singled out Cameron Highlands MP S.K. Devamany and Air Hitam MP Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“They are not Malays but their bahasa is better than that of some Malay MPs,” he said.
The Komuniti Bistari (Smart Community) programme, previously known as K3P (Kumpulan Pendengar, Penulis, Pembaca – is a Government programme to motivate people to voluntarily plan and implement programmes in their communities through listening, writing and reading.
In the debate titled Stability in Economy is More Important than Stability in Politics, the Federal Territory team – represented by Mohd Daud Mat Din, Farhan Nor Diyana Samsudin and Shaiful Kamaluddin – was judged the winner of the debate.
Runner-up was the Kelantan team comprising Mohd Nor Azlan Ismail, Raja Nur Fadhilah Raja Abdullah and Kamzi Hamzah.
In Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Information Minister Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye said the Information Department had set up 449 Komuniti Bistari nationwide.
These include 62 in Sarawak, 59 in Kelantan, 36 in Pahang and 35 in Perak, he told the Dewan Rakyat.
The others are at Johor and Negri Sembilan (33 each), Sarawak (31), Terengganu and Selangor (28), Kedah (25), Malacca, (18), Kuala Lumpur (17), Penang (16), Perlis (11) and Labuan (nine).
Chia said the former K3P Group programme that started in June 2000 was re-branded under its new name to make it easier to understand.
Dear, dear, if media reports are 'part of the session', why not live-telecast it then. Bare it all! Then you will have no complaints who is being judged fairly or not. But ooopss...does he even attend Parliament sessions?
p.s. Sorry for the lack of updates. Even less for days to come. Going on a break soon. Details to follow.