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Fong Chan Onn (Alor Gajah)

ALOR Gajah Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn’s response to the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project, which asks all 222 MPs six questions.


Name: Fong Chan Onn
Constituency: Alor Gajah

Party: MCA
Years as MP:
Since 1990
Government position: None

Party position:
Alor Gajah division chief

Membership in parliamentary committees or caucus:
Rights and privileges committee member
Asia-Europe Parliamentary caucus



Would you support the abolition/review of the Internal Security Act (ISA), in particular the provision that allows for detention without trial? Why or why not?

The ISA should only be reviewed to confine the law to terrorism and religious extremism, and to cases involving those who instigate racial disharmony.

2 Do you think Malaysia should be a secular or an Islamic state? Why?

It should be a secular state as per the provisions in our Federal Constitution.

3 How do you define your role as an elected MP? Does Parliament provide you with the necessary infrastructure and support to fulfil your role?

I look after the needs of my constituency, but my role as MP should also be more than that. I have to reflect the people’s aspirations. The people’s opinions should be taken seriously, especially since our system is essentially a cabinet system whereby the cabinet makes all the decisions.

As to fulfilling our roles, MPs have to find their own support workers to help us. We should follow the UK Parliament, where MPs have support staff. Our MPs should also sit throughout the year as they do in Britain, compared to our present practice of sitting just three or four months a year. Question-and-answer sessions and debates should be daily affairs to continuously highlight national issues. In Britain, the MPs hold a prime minister’s question time daily, where they can ask the PM about anything under the sun.

4 Would you support a Freedom of Information Act? Why or why not?

Yes, I would support such an act. In any case, information cannot be suppressed.

5 If there was one thing you could do to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Malaysia, what would it be?

As I mentioned, Parliament should sit more often. Debates should also be telecast live so that the people can listen and check on the MPs’ performance.

6 Do you believe in separation of powers between the government, Parliament and judiciary? Why or why not?

Of course. It’s important to have checks and balances between the judiciary, legislative and executive. favicon

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4 Responses to “Fong Chan Onn (Alor Gajah)”

  1. Eric says:

    “It should be a secular state as per the provisions in our Federal Constitution.”

    Why do the mainstream media solely focus on the alleged rift between religious PAS and secularist DAP on the state’s nature, while UMNO and MCA have the same contention as shown by YB’s statement?

  2. religion says:

    @ eric,

    And why do your comments focus only on the [religious] side of the response, why not others? Are you religiously biased? I would think so…Oh, I forgot…the Second coming of Jesus to Malaysia, we have to use Malay, don’t we ??

  3. julian says:

    “In Britain, the MPs hold a prime minister’s question time daily, where they can ask the PM about anything under the sun.”

    In the UK, PM Question Time is only once a week, not every day.

  4. Poh Soon says:

    Hmm.. it seems that some MPs from BN express support for a Free of Information Act. However, will they walk the talk by supporting such an Act if a motion were to be raised by the opposition in Parliament to enact such an Act?

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