8/29/2008

What are the roles of MPs?

The electorates vote their MPs to look after them and their interests. Looking after the constituencies, looking after the people and estate, meeting the people, organising activities for the people etc etc are what the people can expect of their MPs. Why are MPs sitting in all kinds of committees that have no direct bearings on their electorates? Is it necessary for MPs to sit as heads of sports clubs or clan associations, religious or cultural associations that are outside their constituencies? When a person becomes an MP, regardless of his or her background, he/she becomes an immediate expert in everything and are appointed as advisors to all kinds of organisations to provide guidance and advice. Some even become instant business people, sitting in board of directors of companies or even as chairman when they have never even work in a business organisations. This instant metamorphosis is truly amazing. Unbelieveable that an ordinary person can be transformed overnight into a knows-all. And more unbelieveable is that he or she is able to cope with so many roles within the same 24 hours, including being husband/wife, father, mother, and children as well. I don't think it is an easy job to be an MP. One must be really talented and have 25 hours a day to live with. The unfortunate thing is that some may find themselves out of depth in these associations or organisations and found wanting. It is a disservice to them and to expect so much from a MP who is afterall another Ah Beng or Ah Huay at one time.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

ha ha they are A-team mah, recalled that tv show.

Anonymous said...

This is their way of holding on to power. This is to remind everyone that they are the boss. It also serves as a listening outpost in various aspect of society and the main aim is to thumb down any opposition to the regime in every aspect of society.

Lost4ever said...

M = Money
P = Power
So the role are always related to the above...
You vote them in, they will have money & power... how many Singaporeans collects more than $13500 per month... sometimes for doing F..k O.f.
They were MPs who spend all their time skiving...
I used to stay at a place for 10 years and the surrounding never change, and the MP never do workabout (he has since step down for a fat lady, who happens to not know of PAP history when she was campaigning... sigh...PAP screw up internally).

Anonymous said...

This garhem just want to control everything, associations, clubs, unions, institutions, religious communities etc.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this piece. my sentiments exactly. btw, we should also include directorships bestowed on mps after "winning" the election.

is this cronyism???

Anonymous said...

That is why all these PAP cronies got so rich. I wld say most or rather all of them stay in private properties.

redbean said...

individually, i think all the mps are able and decent people. we need to moderate the demands on them. wearing so many hats either drain them of all their energies and brain juices or indirectly fixing them up to do things beyond their competencies.

both are bad. they are not supermen and wonderwomen. they have their limitations. the worst part is that some may get deluded to think that they are really supermen and wonderwomen, or got power into their heads.

Anonymous said...

Mr. redbean sir, appoint more MPs. That could be a solution.

Sea Porter said...

I do agree. MP equals Money + Power. That's how they get richer and richer while ordinary people got poorer and poorer. They just sit in committee and direct people around only ya and thinking they know everything. This is ridiculous. And when you point out their mistake, they will try ways and means to get rid of you. So be careful of what you say ya. And why PAP gives MP so much $$$ when they have no time to spend? Invest in property,send children overseas,influence people with $$$. Sit in boards and do nothing and in the end still get paid. Make silly mistakes also nevermind as MM Lee is still protecting you. Ha! How Singaporean ...

redbean said...

hi sea porter,

welcome to the blog.

good that mm lee is still around. when the umbrella is gone, things can get very wet.

Anonymous said...

Stop all the bitching and get on with it. You vote them in, so you cannot blame anyone else. For a few dollars handout at election time, 66.6% were bought. Well, you deserve the govt you vote for, so stop whinging. You Singkies are so pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nobody ask you for your opinion, Fallen Trash!

redbean said...

one day the suppressed sinkies will rise.

Anonymous said...

'Fallen Trash'? That stands for FT right? Yeah, one day the suppressed Sinkies will throw out the trash.

Anonymous said...

You do sports - you face PAP. You go buy food - you faced PAP. You have a baby- you face PAP. Your children go to school - you face PAP Your children goes to uni or the army you face PAP,you grow old, you face PAP, you are sick and need doctor, you face PAP... so what do you want to do? Find cittizenship elsewhere where you will be left alone? You decides. ... We all need to move forward on our own conviction and understand not to be reliant on the system run by fatcats who are are self-feasting.

Anonymous said...

Our system is not corrupt. We merely reward those who are closer to us. You cant say they are self consumptious fatcats - these fatcats run our agendas. Besides who is to know about our fatcats or their rewards, if we keep our silence. Ah Peh and Ah Ma doesnt know, doesnt hurt. Let go watch F1 - thanks for the arena tickets.