Name: Ong Ka Ting
Years as MP:
2004-2008 (Tanjong Piai)
Government position: None
Party position: None
Membership in parliamentary committees or caucus: None
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?
Yes, it is time [for a] review and to have more checks and balances to avoid abuse of power.
Do you think Malaysia should be a secular or an Islamic state? Why?
It is a secular state as was the understanding among [the] founding [leaders] of our country.
How do you define your role as an elected MP? Does Parliament provide you with the necessary infrastructure and support to fulfill your role?
[The role of an MP is] to serve the needs of constituents, to speak and voice out [their concerns] for them in particular, and to be the voice of all citizens in general.
[An MP must also] ensure that fair and right legislation is passed. [He or she must] ensure that basic rights and democracy are safeguarded.
Parliament does facilitate us.
Would you support a Freedom of Information Act? Why or why not?
Yes, if it is within a Malaysian context.
If there was one thing you could do to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Malaysia, what would it be?
To ensure [that] only the right laws [are] being passed in Parliament at all times.
Do you believe in separation of powers between the executive, Parliament and judiciary? Why or why not?
Ideally, [these branches of government] should be independent of each other, but in reality it is not that simple.
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