Charles Santiago, the MP for Klang, has tweeted about the parliamentary select committee: “Membership on PSC 4 electoral reform: 5BN, 3PR, 1 ind – X acceptable, favors BN. Equal rep bet PR n BN, no ind; Co-chair, 1 from PR n BN.”
He added: “@najibrazak needs to guarantee no PRU 13 b4 PSC electoral reforms recommendations are implemented. o/wise PSC smokescreen n PR exercise”
The committee will be headed by a minister. With five BN reps plus a likely pro-BN ‘independent’ against three opposition reps, how fair is the parliamentary select committee going to be? Not off to a good start.
“The chair has control of the final report. But if you have a PR chair it has to be negotiated,” said Charles, when contacted.
The setting up of the select committee, bound to be met with scepticism, comes not a moment too soon. Today, Malaysiakini reported that four ex-military men alleged they were ordered to tick off postal ballots meant for service personnel and their wives. And it is interesting to see one of them saying they were just following orders and were not concerned about politics:”Even after retirement, we didn’t care so much about politics. But when Bersih came about, we started to realise that what we did was not right.”
So Bersih has had a big impact. All the hanky panky over the years is slowly being revealed. Let’s hope more whistle-blowers step forward.
How badly we need electoral reforms. But questions are already being raised about the composition of the select committee.