What is the role of an elected representative? Well, to me, it’s quite simple. The role of an elected representative is to represent the people who elected the representative.
In the case of Malaysia, an ADUN or a Member of Parliament’s role is to represent the people in his or her constituency.
He or she must speak on behalf of the people of his or her constituency.
He or she must work towards attaining the needs and wishes of the people in the constituency.
He or she must at all times put the interests of the people in the constituency first, even before his/her own.
And at no time should he or she speaks, act or work against the interest of the people in her constituency.
Which is why I’m perplexed at some of the recent actions of my Member of Parliament, YB Nurul Izzah Anwar and her officers.
The first is in regard to the Night Market in Kerinchi.
For years there has been a Night Market at Bukit Kerinchi, next to the PKNS 4-Storey Flats and 17-Storey Flats.
The residents of the 4-storey flats have moved out as their areas are being redeveloped. As there is no more necessity for a full-fledged night market, in addition to the wishes of the residents of the 17-storey flats, plus the safety issues of having a night market on the main road used by construction lorries, DBKL has instructed the night market to desist.
Yet, Nurul Izzah is fighting against the wishes of the residents, siding with the traders who are mostly not from Lembah Pantai. FULL STORY HERE.
The second relates to the wishes of residents of a part of Bangsar to rename their area.
For years now, the residents of the streets behind NSTP, those “Jalans” with fish names like Jalan Tenggiri, Jalan Bilis, Jalan Kaloi etc wanted an official name change.
Apparently, this area’s official name is Taman Weng Lock. Who knew, eh?
Weng Lock is the name of the developer of the area, when Bangsar first started. The residents wanted DBKL to effect a name change, from Taman Weng Lock to Bangsar Pertama, reflecting the fact that this was the pioneering area of Bangsar. A name change to Taman Bangsar Pertama would also immediately raise the profile and house prices.
As I said above, it’s been some years now. And with the new Federal Territories Minister being a Bangsarian himself (he’s from one of the Jalan Limau in Bangsar Park), the representatives from this area presented him with a memorandum conveying their wish for the name change when he came down to the area recently. Reports said feedback from him was very positive.
Unfortunately the Political Secretary of Nurul Izzah tweeted this in response to the Minister’s positive feedback.
Two days later, he tweeted it again!
For goodness sake, why??!
Fahmi Fadzil is the Pol Sec and right hand man of Nurul Izzah. He is the voice of Nurul Izzah, especially on Social Media.
Why does he do that? Both Fahmi Fadzil and Nurul Izzah knew about this wish for name change. In fact, she was informed by the people in this area of this issue way back in 2008, after she won the Lembah Pantai seat.
The answer is quite simple. Like the Kerinchi Night Market issue above, the earlier case of the PKNS 4-storey flats re-development and many other issues, Nurul Izzah will oppose ANYTHING initiated or assisted by Raja Nong Chik, as she sees him as the potential BN candidate of Lembah Pantai, hence her immediate numero uno political foe.
Does it matter then if the residents themselves, and NOT Raja Nong Chik was the one who wanted the name change to Taman Bangsar Pertama? Well, obviously it DOES NOT MATTER to Nurul and her officers!
A simple Google search I make revealed this earlier article, from July 2012.
Now why would the Lembah Pantai MP objected to the improved policing of Lembah Pantai!
And just last week, I wrote on her objection against the setting up of the 1Wilayah Security Fund, another Raja Nong Chik brainchild! FULL STORY HERE.
Nurul, you can’t and should not OBJECT TO EVERYTHING, regardless of your antipathy towards the Minister, ESPECIALLY when these measures BENEFIT US THE RAKYAT DIRECTLY!
Wake up lah and be a proper MP!
Going back to the earlier part of this article, that of the role of the elected representative, I say this again.
For an elected representative,
“at no time should he or she speaks, act or work against the interest of the people in her constituency.”
So I would like to politely ask Nurul Izzah, her Political Secretary and her officers to stop acting against the interest of the voters of Lembah Pantai.
Or she may just get a nasty surprise in the upcoming General Election!