..and the best first-term MPs to emerge from the 12th GE are…

Posted on May 26, 2010

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51 of you responded with comments to my post ‘Best first-term MP by far to emerge from the 12th GE’.

I went through those comments and treated each positive mention of any first-time MP as a vote for the same.

Here’s the list, with votes for each in brackets.

1. Khalid Samad  (29)

2. Tony Pua (23)

3. Dr. D. Jeyakumar (5)

4. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (4)

5. Charles Santiago (3)

6. Lim Lip Eng (3)

7. R. Sivarasa (2)

8. Nurul Izzah (2)

9. Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad (2)

10. Khalid Ibrahim (1)

11. Yusmadi Yusof (1)

12. Siti Zailah Muhd Yusoff ( Rantau Panjang ) (1)

13. Liew Chin Tong (1)

14. Jeff Ooi (1)

One individual who is not an MP but got so many positive mentions, if she was an MP, she’d have polled third spot.

That was Hannah Yeoh.

Zaid, too, was spoken of positively by some of you although he is not an MP.

Finally, newly minted Sibu MP Wong Ho Leng was also mentioned.

People, this wasn’t a ‘for the heck of it’ exercise.

We are working on a criteria for candidate selection for the 13th GE.

Share your thoughts on what qualities go to make a good MP.

Bear this in mind, though.

Many people confuse the function of an MP with that of a local councillor.

It is not the function of an MP to look into the state of drains at the local market place, or potholes.

In my view, an MP’s function is to scrutinise Bills that the government is planning to or has tabled in Parliament, understand the impact and implications of proposed laws and policies that are to be  implemented, alert his constituents of any adverse laws and policies that are being contemplated, get their mandate on the same wherever possible and act on the wishes and directions of his constituents in relation thereto.

Please, we really could use your input