The Lee Li Lian snub of the NCMP seat revealed quite a number of problems, that the scheme was not well thought out, just like the Elected President scheme. There are so many lose ends that were flying loosely in the air and it takes a Lee Li Lian to expose the inadequacy of the thinking process towards the NCMP scheme. There is no need for a Kishore to wake up and exclaim, ‘Gosh, the NCMP scheme could lead to rogue MPs being put into Parliament.’
First point, the
scheme did not cater for a case when a candidate refuses to accept the offer of
a NCMP seat. The provision was to let Parliament to use its discretion. Now
they did not know what to do? Who should the rejected seat be offered to and on
what grounds? Can the party of the candidate offer another replacement from the
same party from the next best candidate? Or should the party appeal or request
to the election office or whoever is authorized to make such a decision?
With the provision of
a number of NCMP seats, would it be an automatic process for the office or
whoever, to offer the NCMP seat to the next best qualified candidate? Or should
it be left as vacant when an offer is turned down? If this be so, what if all
12 candidates offered turned down, no NCMP?
Another point, if the
best performing losing candidate happens to be a GRC, should not the offer of
NCMP be to all the candidates in the best losing GRC? Why one only? Isn’t a GRC a version of ‘one
for all, all for one’?
is the minority interest a matter of concern here? If a whole GRC team is offered, then the
minority candidate issue would not become an issue. If it is offered to one
instead of a GRC team, does it not compromise the intent and purpose of the
GRC? Don’t simply brush this aside as a non issue in the case of NCMP.
There must be proper
procedures to take care of as there are many variable known possibles. And a
case like a candidate refusing to accept a NCMP seat is most possible and
should have been taken care off before it becomes an issue and wasting so much
time in Parliament for people to ‘chut pattern’ or ‘cho kah chiu’ and making
everyone looking so lost and angry. It leaves so much room for politicking.
So, when would a COI
be appointed to look into this NCMP scheme to patch up the holes?