Name: Datuk Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri
Constituency: Kuala Nerus
Years as MP: Since 2008
Government position: None
Kuala Nerus division chief
Umno Members of Parliament Group secretary
Membership in parliamentary committees or caucuses: None
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?
I do support the review of the ISA, but I also support detention without trial, should it be for the security of the country.
Do you think Malaysia should be a secular or an Islamic state? Why?
Some say it is secular; but some say overall, we are more Islamic than some Islamic states. I think this is mere perception, especially by the opposition.
How do you define your role as an elected MP? Does Parliament provide you with the necessary infrastructure and support to fulfil your role?
The role of the MP is to serve and facilitate the masses, and act as a link between the rakyat and the government. We highlight their grievances and help the government to better govern the country.
Personally, to better serve the people, the government should provide more facilities to all MPs, like providing officials with personal assistants, research assistants, proper offices and facilities.
Would you support a Freedom of Information Act? Why or why not?
Yes, because to me information is an asset, and we can’t stop people from getting information through the new media. I do support freedom of information, but with some reservations, especially related to the country’s security.
If there was one thing you could do to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Malaysia, what would it be?
I believe elected representatives should not let Parliament be the battleground for their political parties. I believe the opposition should work closely with the government to better serve the people, and put the people and country above all.
Do you believe in separation of powers among the government, Parliament and judiciary? Why or why not?
Yes, I believe in the separation of powers among the three. And that is what we [have] now, although maybe a clearer line must be drawn among the three. However, the decision of the prime minister and the cabinet is most supreme, because they represent the people’s voice through the mandate of the general election.
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