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Let’s have the ‘great debate’ in Parliament instead

Phlip Rodrigues  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT If there is one arena where the ‘great debate’ should be staged, it is in Parliament.

It is in this dock that the prime minister should take his stand and defend himself in a do-or-die battle. It is from this platform that Najib Abdul Razak should tell the nation the true story about 1MDB. His interrogators will be all the people’s representatives and not just one individual.

The heat and the pressure on Najib will be tremendous because there are no escape routes. He cannot concoct, whitewash, beat round the bush, blame others, or seek refuge behind the veil of innocence or sympathy. He either must give a convincing performance and come out intact or wither and perish in the glare of truth and guilt.

In a parliamentary democracy, the elected representatives are the ones who are the true guardians of the nation’s wealth and well-being. They are the ones who can summon the prime minister and roast him over the fire for any misdeed perpetrated. In the event the premier citizen is found sorely lacking in integrity and transparency and have let down the nation, they have the power to tell him sternly and unreservedly: Pack and go!

But parliamentary democracy in Malaysia has veered off course and what has emerged is an emasculated Parliament...

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