KUALA LUMPUR – April 11, 2017: The Pakatan Harapan mock parliamentary sitting to debate the syariah empowerment bill RUU355 last night has been heavily criticised in cyberspace.
The sitting, broadcast live on Facebook, was initiated to show the dissatisfaction of members of parliament over the tabling of the bill last week and that it could only be debated at the next parliament session in July.
MPs from PKR, Amanah and DAP took part in the debate while PKR information chief Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh acted as parliament’s speaker.
The MPs involved were Rafizi Ramli, Gooi Hsiao Leung, Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Dr. Hatta Ramli, Khalid Samad, Dr. Siti Mariah Mahmud and Datuk Mohamad Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz.
Critics described the mock parliament as a wasteful and dumb idea.
“You guys have already been elected as MPs! You don’t need to fake a sitting to debate the bill. Just prepare your research and wait for the actual debate,” wrote Facebooker Amzad Hashim.
“I thought Umno was the only joker the country has. Who would have thought that the opposition is equally moronic as well,” was the acrid response from Syauqi Rukaini.
“These MPs, especially the Muslim ones, should stop arguing over RUU355. Believe me, you will lose your parliamentary seats in the next general election if you keep on criticising the bill,” wrote Mohamad Afifuddin.
Some have also criticised the shoddy setting and props used, with many arguing that the opposition should have put more effort in imitating the real Dewan Rakyat.
“You used wood pallets as tables? Seriously, I’ve seen kids TV shows used better props than the opposition’s mock parliament,” wrote Ali Yazi.
“Is the opposition so poor that they could not even afford to buy some tables and a decent table cloth? Just look at those wrinkly piece of cloth covering those wood pallets…so embarrassing,” wrote Hani Nuraidah.