DAP proposes a
Select Committee on Nation Building and National Unity to review the
national service training programme and another on human rights to monitor
Suhakam and human rights developments in the country
- after calling on the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak
by Lim Kit Siang
(Putrajaya, Friday): I met the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak for half an hour and we discussed fhe agenda for the new Parliament which will meet on Monday.
At the meeting, DAP proposed a Select Committee on National Building and National Unity to review the national service training programme and another on human rights to monitor Suhakam and human rights developments in the country.
Najib was positive in his response to both proposals, promising to give them serious consideration.
On the national service training programme, I raised with Najib the indiscipline, defects, flaws, crimes and tragedies of the trouble-plagued national service training programme, including:
As Suhakam is now under the portfolio responsibility of Najib, I suggested the establishment of a Select Committee on Human Rights to exercise parliamentary oversight over Suhakam in the discharge of its statutory responsibility to promote and protect human rights – and to ensure that Suhakam reports are given serious attention and full debate, and not completely ignored by Parliament as in the past four years.As Malaysia has just been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Parliament must give greater priority and importance to human rights as we must not be in the company of countries whose membership on the UN Human Rights Commission is remarkable because of their dismal and even grisly human rights record.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman & Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor