IF you had a chance to ask just one question of all our MPs regarding how they view our democracy and what they would do about it, what would it be?
Through a project called MP Watch: Eye on Parliament, The Nut Graph invites readers to better know the 222 Members of Parliament (MPs) and their position on key issues.
This one-year project will ask all 222 Malaysian MPs six key questions about issues that affect our democracy, and about how to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.
Six standard questions will be asked of every MP and their answers will be published on The Nut Graph. Three questions have been pre-selected by The Nut Graph because we feel they are foundational to the working practice of parliamentary democracy:
Would you support the abolition/review of the Internal Security Act, in particular the provision that allows for detention without trial? Why or why not?
Do you think Malaysia should be a secular or an Islamic state? Why?
How do you define your role as an elected MP? Does Parliament provide you with the necessary infrastructure and support to fulfil your role?
Three more questions that will be posed to MPs will be determined by The Nut Graph readers through this open invitation. Readers are asked to choose their most preferred question from the following six. The top three that garner the most votes will make up the rest of the questions that we will pose to the MPs.
Would you support a Freedom of Information Act? Why or why not?
Would you support the removal of media laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA)? Why or why not?
Would you support the Anti-sexual Harassment Bill? Why or why not?
If there was one thing you could do to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Malaysia, what would it be?
Do you believe in separation of powers? Why or why not?
What is at least one thing Parliament could do to ensure equal and fair opportunities for all citizens?
We hope that this project will help us all gauge the health of the legislature, one component of democracy in Malaysia; allow voters to get to know their MPs better; and provide MPs a platform to share their ideas about parliamentary democracy.
Remember to choose only one question from the six above and state your choice in the comments section below. This invitation is open only until the end of Thursday, 14 Jan 2010. Thanks for your participation!
MP Watch: Eye on Parliament is a project by The Nut Graph supported by
Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung is a German foundation named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and is guided by his principles. It supports democracy and the rule of law, human rights, furthering cooperation between different nations and cultures, and promoting the German concept of social market economy. KAS has been active in Malaysia for over three decades.