CSI-Parliament urges BN to Publicize Incumbents’ Executive and Legislative Service Record
The Civil Society Initiative for Parliamentary Reform (CSI-Parliament) calls upon the Barisan Nasional Chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to publicize the executive service record of all BN frontbenchers in their respective portfolios and legislative service record of all BN backbenchers in the Parliament/Assemblies.
This is in response to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s statement that he would choose BN candidates based on their service record, reported in Bernama on 10 February 2008.
CSI-Parliament urges BN to set an example for all parties by listing the changes and contribution which were individually carried out by its parliamentarians and state legislators since 2004.
CSI-Parliament stresses that the right criterion for selection of parliamentarians and state legislators is their ability to formulate laws and policies as well as their capability and integrity.
It would be an insult to the electorate if the candidates are selected and highlighted based on their ability to attend to only local issues, such as, malfunctioning street lights, potholes, and uncollected rubbish.
CSI-Parliament stresses that addressing local grievances is actually the jobs of local councils, which are unelected and therefore unaccountable to the electorate since 1965.
If BN cares about the service provided at the local levels, it should reintroduce local elections.
Having parliamentarians and state legislators to do the work of local councilors is unacceptable. This is one of the reasons why Parliament is performing so badly.
Maria Chin Abdullah
For and on behalf of CSI-Parliament
11 February 2008
Contact: 013 3422931 (Maria)