Friday, July 30, 2010

Lazy Representatives

Every five years the Indonesian people elected some men and women as their representatives at the national and regional houses of representatives to supervise the management of the country.
In order to enable those representatives work well and diligently, the state provide them with very good salary, luxurious housing, car and other privileges.

However, many of those representatives do not seems to be satisfied with all those benefits and privileges that they tend to be lazy in attending meetings of the house of representatives.

According to the announcement of Secretariat General of the House of Representatives, members attending the meetings during 3 periods has been declining : at the first period (1 Oct.'09-4 Dec.'09) 92.57%, at the second period (4 Jan.'10-5 Mar '10) 84.32%, and at the third period (5 Apr'10-18Jun'10) only 71.59%.

The above announcement has made many representatives annoyed and angry, this is obvious because they felt terribly ashamed at their own behaviour.

Considering that those representatives are paid by the state using Tax Money collected from the people, I hope that an investigation would be carried out on those lazy representatives, and action would be taken on those who are proven to be lazy.

Related articles :
Less than 300 of 560 Legislators attend House Plenary Session (The Jakarta Post)
Lack of quorum, House plenary session temporarily delayed (The Jakarta Post)
Anggota DPR tetap Bandel dan Bolos (Kompas)
Kesekjenan DPR diminta klarifikasi data (Kompas)


A_Bucketbot said...

this is a common scenario. even here in bangladesh, all these political people are having their time of their life by sleeping on people's money. i guess the state should lessen the facilities provided. then only, they might wake up and think of doing something productive.

H. Nizam said...

An investigation by neutral party should be conducted to find out about the truth. If proven wrong they should be punished e.g recalled from their position.
Thanks for dropping by.

colson said...

I guess all over the world politicians are being criticized. Sometimes that's what they deserve ( for instance the blatant abuse of privileges by a large number of MPs of the previous British House of Commons) - sometimes not.

Let's hope that if there will be an investigation it will be a solid one. Because "attending meetings" is not really the only ,not even the most important, indicator of being a good and diligent lawmaker.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
I agree that attending house meeting is not the most important duty of a member of parliament. However, in plenary session they should attend.
Especially that there special schedules for those MPs to go "outdoor" like visiting their constituents and other related activities.

Rob Baiton said...

Being a politician is hard work!

All those competing priorities. Sometimes something has to give, and in this case it is plenary sessions!


The funniest part was the some of the worst offenders saying that they had permission notes from their respective parties to be absent; what is this? Are we still in school or something similar?

H. Nizam said...

Hi Rob,
You reminded me of late Gus Dur who once said that the members of MPR/ DPR are like kidergarten students, they just do things as they wish.