DEWAN NEGARA: NGOs seek new law to bar immoral MPs
A COALITION of non-governmental organisations yesterday urged that a new law be formulated to bar immoral persons from becoming parliamentarians.
Led by Gagasan Anti-Penyelewengan Selangor (Gaps) president Hamidzun Khairuddin, an eight-member delegation submitted a memorandum detailing their demands to President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Nika Ujang yesterday.
The other NGOs are Waris Malaya, Warisan Anak Merdeka and Persatuan Belia Selangor.
The NGOs also demanded that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim be impeached, adding that his alleged sexual scandals were an example why there was an urgent need for an "impeachment proceeding" clause.
"We are looking into this seriously because we don't want those who are not fit to become leaders, to be a part of Parliament.
"Anwar has been associated with many allegations of sexual scandals, which have diminished his credibility as a leader," said Hamidzun.
He said other countries like Australia, Indonesia and Turkey practised such proceedings in handling ill-behaved parliament members.
"In Indonesia, a member of parliament resigned after he was caught surfing a pornographic website on his phone during house proceedings, while in Turkey, six parliamentary members resigned over sexual scandals.
"If this can be done in other countries, we believe that Malaysia should also implement such a clause to safeguard the sanctity of our legislature system."
Hamidzun added that Gaps was determined that provisions for impeachment be enacted and that it is in discussion with parliamentary members and senators for such a motion to be brought to Parliament.