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Relocating our Parliament House? No, no, no!

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By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE

If someone is facing a financial crisis and is on the verge of going broke, is he crazy to embark on buying or building a new luxury house, which is obviously beyond his means?

If he goes ahead with the plan, he is surely not a wise or prudent person, in fact, foolish and irresponsible.

We have been warned in no uncertain terms by the federal government that within a decade, by 2019, our country may go bankrupt if we don't tighten our belts and cut cost, including removing subsidies on the essential economic items.

It is therefore an irony, indeed mind-boggling, that after cautioning the people on the enormity of the possible potential demaging and devastating economic gloom engulfing the nation, the federal
government has announced a grand plan to build a new Parliament House at Putrajaya with a princely price tag of RM800 million, possibly costing more when various miscellaneous expenses are included when the building is built.

Do we really need a new Parliament House? The present building has been renovated and refurbished not too long ago, and it is not bursting at the seam.

True, there have been leakages even after the renovation, but this is just due to poor workmanship and they were quicky rectified. One just don't buy or build a new house, just because the roof of the existing house is leaking!

Certainly, spending RM800 million on a new Parliament House will not cause the country to go broke, but RM800 million is no mere chicken feed and the expenditure is unnecessary and unwarranted, in fact sheer wasteful.

The federal government wants to cut subsidies on the essential items as it says the country could submerge into a deep financial crisis, like what has happened to Greece, and may end up in bankruptcy by 2019.

In view of such a possible catastropic scenario, the federal government should not proceed with the new Parliament House project, but should, instead, think and work out some viable practical measures to remove the financial landmines in its path to progress.

The extravagent exorbitant expenditure is simply not justified, especially at a time when the people are facing the very real threat of an exploding rising cost of living, without any hope of any increase in real income.

The impending subsidy cuts, accompanied by the price increase of essential items such as the proposed staggered price rise in petrol, are giving the people, particularly the low-income familes, sleepless nights.

And, the federal government wants to embark on a grand mega building spree! Ridiculous, isn't it?.

What would the people think?

For more than 900 years, the famous Westminister Abbey, which houses the British Parliament, has been and is standing on the bank of the River Thames and serves as the nation's seat of power and authority. It is looked upon by all its citizens and the world at large as the symbolic bulwark of parliamentary democracy.

No one has ever thought of or suggested that the British Parliament be relocated from the Westminister Abbey as the building is looked at reverently and respectfully as the sacred and sentimental heritage of the nation.

Anything may be relocated, including perhaps even the River Thames if it could be done, but not the invulnerable, inveterate and invincible Westminster Abbey.

Although the Malaysian Parliament House is less than half a century old, it stands proud as the sacred symbol of our independence, integrity and indefatigability.

It represents the ideas and ideals of our founding fathers, a bulwark in the preservation and defence of the country's consitution, democratic parliamentary system, and secular spirit.

The imposing statue of founding Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman stands at the Parliament House as a splendid symbol of the pride and dignity of the nation and its people.

Relocating our Parliament House? No, no, no!

Sin Chew Daily

MySinchew 2010-06-13

 

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