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Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (Bukit Gantang)

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BUKIT Gantang Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin responds to the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project, which asks all 222 MPs the same six questions about parliamentary democracy in Malaysia. 

Three of the questions were selected by readers and three others by The Nut Graph.


Name: Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin
Constituency: Bukit Gantang

Party: PAS (Opposition)
Years as MP: 2009-
Government position: None

Party position:
PAS central committee member

Membership in parliamentary committees or caucus: None

Blog/Website: None

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

I fully support the abolition of the ISA. Detention without trial is inhuman and forbidden in Islam.

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

Malaysia should be a baldatun tayyibatun wa rabbun ghafoor (a state which is virtuous and forgiven by the almighty God). Whatever its name, it must have those qualities and philosophy.

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

My role as an MP is to legislate laws which provide equal opportunities in the distribution of wealth and resources for Malaysians irrespective of race, creed, colour, religion, gender or culture. My role is also to ensure that all people in my parliamentary constituency have access to basic amenities and opportunities to enhance their livelihood here in this worldly life and in the hereafter.

No. Parliament denies me my rights to carry out all of the above roles except for providing my monthly allowance (approximately RM10,000.00) to be distributed.

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

Yes, I would support a Freedom of Information Act because it is our right. For 52 years, we have been denied [access to information] under the BN (Barisan Nasional) which has resulted in the state becoming “bankrupt” in all senses and aspects.

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

All heads of strategic government agencies (e.g. the judiciary, police, army, Chief Secretary to the Government, ambassadors, university vice-chancellors, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Petronas, etc) must be determined and decided by Parliament.

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

I believe in the separation of powers. [There should also be] another element which is a Supreme Council of Advisors at the top overseeing the running of the three institutions. The council’s members can be subject to discussions, but all heads of major religions should be in.

Parliament must also meet four days a month, every month. A state parliamentary committee in each state should also be created to enhance the spirit of federalism, irrespective of which party governs the states.

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3 Responses to “Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (Bukit Gantang)”

  1. M.K. says:

    Excellent response!

  2. jazzylips says:

    I am baffled by his answer to Q2. Does he subscribe to an Islamic or secular state? The answer seems evasive.

  3. ahoo says:

    I sensed that in question 2 above, he just couldn’t state the word “secular” [given] his Islamic party; he can’t disassociate himself to answer it. Nonetheless … the federal constitution is supreme. All Malaysians must respect it at all costs, and if any amendment(s) is/are needed, it must be for the better and not to curtail the rights or freedom of others.

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