DAP rep: Bi-partisan committee must be proportionate to parliamentary composition

Dr Kelvin Yii, special assistant to State Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen

KUCHING, Jan 12: A Democratic Action Party (DAP) MP holds that the composition of the Bi-Partisan Committee to advise the King must be proportionate to that of the composition of the parliament.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii asserted that the representation of the committee must not be lopsided.

“While the announcement of the formation of a Bi-Partisan Committee to advice the YDP Agong is welcomed, but the composition of the Committee must be proportionate to the current composition of Parliament.

“They cannot just flood the committee with political “yes-man” and then put maybe one opposition member merely as a window dressing, as it completely defeats the purpose,” said Dr Yii in a press statement today.

On top of that, he said, all information and data must be made transparent to all in the committee so that proper and informed decision can be made.

“Parameters must be clear to define the effectiveness of the approach. All decisions must be driven by data and science, and not political considerations,” said Dr Yii.

Fundamentally, he believed that the committee should not even be formed just to advise the King but the federal government.

“The fact of the matter, this committee should not be formed just to advice YDPA on this matter, but take next step further to advice Putrajaya on its approach to Covid-19 as a whole.

“I have since beginning called for an Expert Covid-19 Consultative Taskforce consisting or specialist from both public and private sectors to formulate and guide the nation’s strategy, just like in Singapore so that it is a ‘whole-of-society’ approach.

“We need to admit Putrajaya is overwhelmed, and they need all the help they can get,” said Dr Yii. — DayakDaily