Race again! When reading this story from the STAR: Teng poised to be non-Malay speaker with Haniza as his deputy.
The question that first comes to my mind is: ini dua orang boleh kerja kah? (can this two people do the work?). Who bloody cares if one is a non-Malay or the other is a man, woman or somewhere in between?
PKR/ Selangor menteri besar Khalid ibrahim is in the news again. This time for appointing DAP’s Teng Chang Khim and PKR Haniza Talha as speaker and deputy speaker of the Dewan Negeri respectively.He is to be commended for giving the chance to two ‘qualified’ Malaysians to serve the people in the State Assembly.
And the STAR? It has gone all racey again, highlighting the fact that one is a ‘NON-MALAY’. He’s a MALAYSIAN, stupid!
Well, I wanted to know if the two can do a brilliant job. It seems they are not too far away from that. I have met and spoken to Teng personally, and he comes across, first as a Malaysian, then courageous (for having the guts not only to speak against BN, but his party leadership as well) and intelligent (have you heard him say a stupid thing? Perhaps, he did and I missed it?).
Khalid had this much to say about him (STAR):
“Teng has been an assemblyman for four terms and he is familiar with how the assembly operates and what is needed in the house,” he told a press conference at his official residence yesterday. He added that Teng’s experience as the former DAP Youth Chief and now party Central Executive Committee member were also taken into account. He said he was confident that Teng, 45, would handle his duties well and ensure debates would go on smoothly and professionally.
From all the glowing remarks about Teng, I thought he should have been Deputy Menteri Besar, don’t you think so??? So, why can’t he be the deputy CM? Hmm…guess we got to ask DAP about it?
As for Haniza, 46, I’ve never met the woman. But I must say that women all over Malaysia must be proud to have her as deputy speaker? As for me, I’d wait and see if she allows any sexist comment to get away scott free in the Aseembly. Is she allows it, then having an ultra woman as speaker or deputy would mean nothing.
Anyway, Khalid says that Haniza was:
an experienced professional who was also PKR’s national Wanita wing vice-chairman and the state Wanita chief as well as a member of the non-governmental organisation Jemaah Islah. He said he also received strong support from the women representatives within Pakatan Rakyat in nominating Haniza.
So, let us wish them all the best, let us hope for a vibrant Dewan Negeri Selangor. But if most of them are from Pakatan Rakyat, will there be dissenting voices?
It remains to be seen how the Dewan will function in these interesting times.