This isn’t the first time that the rakyat has seen an empty Parliament hall.
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Another day, another empty hall…
Netizens were baffled by the number of empty seats during Monday’s (4 October) session of the Dewan Rakyat.
A video shared by Muar Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had recorded Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar apparently addressing an empty hall during the evening sessions of the first meeting of the fourth session of the 14th Parliament.
1) Paras garis kemiskinan yang lama menyebabkan orang susah tercicir dari bantuan kerajaan.— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) October 4, 2021
2) We need a more progressive taxation (including Capital Gains Tax) supaya bantuan kepada golongan susah dapat dipertingkatkan.
Good speech by @n_izzah . I agree! pic.twitter.com/qoWTI30JS6
In her speech, Nurul Izzah was heard speaking about the level of poverty and inequality that is rampant in our country.
But it appears that her address was only received by a small group of Parliamentarians who were present that day.
A quick glance at Parliament’s live CCTV footage on Monday easily reveals a number of missing MPs on both sides of the aisle.
Obviously, the situation left quite a sour taste in the rakyat’s mouth, considering how the Dewan had been closed for months during the height of the Covid-19 crisis.
She’s speaking to empty chairs https://t.co/8HBIeVryik— Dr Rezzuan Thee Stallion (@doktorrezz) October 4, 2021
Literally an empty cabinet. That speaks volume https://t.co/5HrnBpW5sK— Baba Yaga ©®™ (@ariefengah) October 4, 2021
shameful and waste of her efforts, really..— Burnt the Popcorn! 🇲🇾 (@AmethystChew1) October 5, 2021
How long will #Malaysia citizens support these useless MIA MPs.. i m tired of paying taxes for non performance bums.
Vote them out in #GE15 #CleanParliament #RejectBudget2022 https://t.co/bFqzvjJ3WQ
Many also wondered what our MPs were up to since they were unable to attend to the one job that the rakyat had elected them to do.
I’ve a serious question, Ahli Parlimen ni usually ada job lain ke? It makes sense la kalau ada Ahli Parlimen tk dtg sbb ada kerja lain yg lebih darurat or even last minute terpaksa babysit ke. Attend the parliament is a part of their job scope kan, no?— ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴡᴏʟᴠᴇʀɪɴᴇ 🐺🏴 (@iam_ein) October 4, 2021
Others also proposed the idea that we should reprimand any and all MPs that fail to show up to Parliament by docking their pay and allowances.
Dekat parlimen ni guna sistem bile datang dapat elaun, cuba kalau tukar sistem tak datang sekali tolak gaji 10k, barulah (walau takde otak) akan ade manusia kat situ— Syahrin (@syah_yenn) October 5, 2021
Unfortunately, though, an empty Parliament hall is nothing new here in Malaysia.
Previously, former Prime Minister and Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had expressed his disappointment over the Dewan’s lazy attendance issues.
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