UPDATE 9 March 2008: YB Teo Nie Ching wins Serdang.
“I will not sell you out. I will speak up for your rights in Parliament. That’s what an MP must do. Not inspecting drains, garbage bins and dumps. That is the job of the municipal council. If they don’t do their job, sack them and stop wasting taxpayers’ money.”So says 27 year old lawyer Teo Nie Ching, DAP candidate for the parliamentary seat of Serdang, Selangor - as quoted by The Sun.
“The serious business in Parliament affects not only us immediately but our future generations. We cannot afford to have MPs who remain silent just because it may incur the wrath of big brother – Umno.”
And I agree. That's what MPs are for. They represent you, the people, when it comes to matters of national significance... ie. the constitution, the laws of the land and govt policy. And some of you want MPs chained to your little towns and villages, and make sure the street lights switch on each night.
It's one thing to 'turun padang' in order to gauge the mood and see the situation of the common folk first hand. But it's quite another thing for MPs to spend all their time in the 'padang' picking up litter and cutting grass, while the whole country 'masuk longkang'. The parliament (legislature) are there to keep the govt (executive) in check, while the judiciary forms the 3rd leg in the tripod, that is the separation of powers. When our judiciary is saturated with stooges planted by the executive (govt), it becomes even more crucial that the legislature takes on an active role to oversee both the executive and judiciary. And the only way that can happen is to ensure that the proxies of govt executive (ie. BN) do not have a 2/3 majority in parliament.
I'm impressed by Teo's candour in her 'ceramah' to her constituents. Unlike many other candidates (both BN and Opposition), she says exactly what the duties of a MP are in no uncertain terms. She tells it like it is even if it might alienate some short sighted constituents. Brains, beauty and what looks like integrity too. Good on ya!
Visit Teo Nie Ching's blog at "Nie Ching for Serdang." Hope you read Chinese ;p