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Razali Ibrahim (Muar)

MUAR Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Razali Ibrahim’s response to the MP Watch: Eye on Parliament project, which asks all 222 MPs six questions.

Name: Razali Ibrahim 

Party: Umno 
Years as MP:
Since 2004 
Government position:
Deputy youth and sports minister

Party position:
Deputy Youth chief 

Membership in parliamentary committees or caucuses:
Rights and privileges committee member



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 has long been the centre of several national debates that have, at times, attracted international curiosity. The government only has the interest of national security in implementing the ISA, especially in the area of public safety.

I do support the efforts undertaken by our government to sustain a harmonious society, which is the foundation of economic growth, and which will contribute towards improving every Malaysian’s quality of life.

The government must also be lauded for it has heeded the current outlook and public interest to review the ISA [in the face of challenges and an ever-changing society], and [will be tabling] proposed amendments in the coming Parliament sitting this year.

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

Islam is the national religion of Malaysia. From this fact would [arise] many interpretations on the acceptance of Malaysia as an Islamic state. Every Islamic country in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is impressed with Malaysia’s development in terms of balancing between religion and modernity. This is a substantive performance, as Malaysia is not historically known as a centre [that produces] clerics, compared with countries [in the Middle East], where many of the prophets are from.

In the last 52 years, we have seen good cooperation between races and religions when it comes to protecting national interest. This is one of the clear indicators that Malaysia is an Islamic state as practised by the Prophet Muhammad. When he arrived at Medina, after completing the construction of the mosque, he initiated meetings with religious leaders [to foster] solidarity and cooperation among the people.

It can’t be denied that several parties in the country do not feel comfortable with the [label], as it portrays the image of some Islamic country that is against many natural laws.

From a legal perspective, some have even argued that it is clearly stated that Malaysia is a secular state. On the other hand, some Muslim groups will only endorse Malaysia as an Islamic state if hudud (Islamic penal code) is implemented, regardless of whatever achievement in other fields. However, [theirs] is not the final say.

In a nutshell, it is a question between form and substance.

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

[As] an elected Member of Parliament, [I] carry the responsibilities and interest of the people in my Muar constituency. Paramount to that is my focus on elevating the quality of life for the people of Muar by creating an attractive environment to spur economic and social activities via the improvement of infrastructure and public amenities, and encouraging greater educational opportunities.

Parliament gives me and my fellow MPs a national platform to raise local issues affecting the nation, and to demonstrate how we can work together as a unified government to continue striving towards achieving our country’s objectives and development.

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

Freedom of information in this information age has two distinctive elements: access to information, and the usage of such information. I am all for the access of information, whether free or paid services/procurements, to cultivate a progressive society in the interest of promoting positive practices throughout government. This includes improving education, commerce, healthcare, public safety and transportation.

However, a Freedom of Information Act would fail in its intentions if certain quarters used it for ill intentions.

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

[Our Parliament is a forward-thinking institution that] is constantly and consistently examining avenues to empower MPs by fostering and stimulating greater democratic practices within the parametres of our Federal Constitution.

If there is one thing that I would like to see, it would be improvement on the quality of debates. Parliament already has resources made available to all MPs, including a group of dedicated researchers and a well-stocked resource centre. I look forward to participating in better and more articulate debates in the future.

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

The concept of separation of powers, as clearly defined in our Federal Constitution, is alive and healthy. This is demonstrated by the processes and procedures of our government, where the administration, legislature and judicial institutions are functioning independently to govern the interests of our country and its people, and are headed by our monarch.

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10 Responses to “Razali Ibrahim (Muar)”

  1. Kemb Links says:



    Thumbs up for YB Datuk Razali Ibrahim.

  2. ashraff says:

    Good answers…great views.

  3. louisa says:

    He thinks “administration, legislature and judicial institutions are functioning independently”? He needs a head check.

  4. along says:

    Congratulations, good silat, bro.

  5. Abbas Ezzi says:

    Classy and learned replies by DRI represents new breed of upcoming young leaders who will lead our country come year 2020 and beyond.

    ISA is a very sensitive issue though people now perceive it as a draconian law but when it was used at crucial times it has saved our country from being sabotaged by subversive elements who are out to ruin our country’s harmony.

    Syabas again and keep up the good work, Datuk.

  6. Mohd Hanizam Yunus(*) says:

    The rakyat voted for MPs to represent them in Parliament. In turn, by simple majority these MP form the government of the day and are entrusted by the rakyat to oversee the administration of the justice system. In short, the rakyat elected the MPs, the government and the judiciary hence the terms Parlimen Rakyat, Kerajaan Rakyat and Mahkamah Rakyat. Any thing else such as the so called separation of power is just a western mumbo jumbo.

  7. ryezan abdul talib says:

    Saya rasa kita patut ada pembelajaran tentang sejarah negara dari Darjah satu hingga Tingkatan 5.

  8. Poh Soon says:

    Can elaborate on the following?

    “Freedom of Information Act would fail in its intentions if certain quarters used it for ill intentions”

  9. notr says:

    Je veut dire que. [French to English translation: “I mean that”.]

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