MORE PRESSING ISSUES THAN THE COLOUR OF ONE’S JACKET

MORE PRESSING ISSUES THAN THE COLOUR OF ONE’S JACKET

It is disappointing that the Selangor State Assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim had called out ADUNS over the colour of their clothes instead of to focus on more pressing economic and political issues.  

YB Ng had on Tuesday criticised Bukit Lanjan State Assemblyman Elizabeth Wong in his capacity as the Speaker for wearing ‘colourful clothes’ to the Selangor Assembly Meeting despite her modest outfit. YB Elizabeth had not violated the existing dress code in any way however she was called out as though she had dressed indecently.

The Selangor State Assembly does not have a colour code and it is unfortunate that this is being turned into an issue.

It is mind boggling to think that the colour of one’s jacket, in this case a white jacket, would be so distracting that it prevents legislators from doing their job. Is the Speaker aware that in Indonesia, Batik is the official dress code?

If we look at the Malaysian Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, MPs and Senators are allowed to come dressed in other colours besides black and dark colours, especially for women MPs wearing baju kurung.

It is not the duty and responsibility of the Deputy Speaker to police dressing. Rather, it is more important for an ADUN to show her or his professionalism and effectiveness to engage in legislative matters.

Moreover changing the policy when the State Assembly is in recess surely runs contrary to the principle of consultation and due process that Pakatan Harapan wishes to promote at all levels.

MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

PETALING JAYA MP