PROHAM Roundtable on Redelineation Exercise: Enhancing parliamentary democracy or undermining it?

PROHAM RTD ON REDELINEATION EXERCISE: “ENHANCING PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY OR UNDERMINING IT?”

DATE: Oct 6, 2016 (Thurs)
Time:  5.30 – 7.30pm
Venue: Brickfields Asia College ( BAC), Jalan Utara, Section 14, Petaling Jaya.

PANEL:

  • Datuk Kuthubul Zaman (PROHAM Chairman)
  • Representative from the Election Commission (Invited)
  • YB Dr Ong Kian Ming (Member of Parliament)
  • Dr Wong Chin Huat, (Penang Institute)

Moderator: Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (PROHAM Secretary General)

You may pre-register by emailing your name, organization and phone number by Oct 5, to: prohamsecretariat@gmail.com


PROHAM PRESS RELEASE: UPHOLDING CITIZENS RIGHTS & BEST INTEREST IN THE REDELINATION EXERCISE: A CALL BY PROHAM

PROHAM notes with concern the recent proposals by the Election Commission (EC) in its proposed redelineation exercise which the EC announced recently which has implications for 12 parliamentary and 34 state seats. There is a public outcry on this matter and expressions of distrust from different sections of the political divide.

PROHAM reiterates that the exercise of redelineation of constituencies is a fundamental process in parliamentary democracy and that this exercise must be publicly viewed as a non-partisan exercise thereby instilling public confidence in the process and outcomes.

It is of utmost important that such a redelination exercise must be undertaken in an environment of public trust. The exercise must be viewed by all parties as transparent, just and fair with no political advantage for any one political party or group, noting the democratic principle of one citizen – one vote principle.

In this proposed exercise it seems that the size of the constituency matters as some of the urban parliamentary constituencies are extremely large in contrast to the rural and semi urban seats. This matter must be urgently reviewed so as to ensure that the citizens’ democratic rights are well protected.

PROHAM notes the stipulated period for review and objections and calls on political parties and citizen groups to organise parliamentary and state level talks and reviews to encourage active voter participation in this process. This can enhance voter education and active citizen participation in the objection and public hearing process.

Additionally, PROHAM calls on the Election Commission to undertake some proactive public awareness sessions with registered voters at the affected parliamentary and state level before the end of the objection period. This could reduce the level of distrust and scepticism in the public discussions and redelination exercise.

PROHAM encourages an active citizenry participation in this exercise by in-depth review and filing of objections so as to enhance parliamentary democracy.

Issued on behalf of PROHAM by Datuk Kuthubul Zaman (PROHAM Chair),  Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (PROHAM Secretary General) & Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam (PROHAM Member).

September 22, 2016

National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework: Roundtable Discussion

Rice

It is HAKAM’s submission that victims of natural disasters have the right to live in a reasonably healthy and safe environment and something must be done to ensure in times of disaster a proper system is in place that will work towards contributing to the effective protection of their inherent right to life.

The role of civil society organisations remains crucial in all phases of disaster management namely relief, response, rehabilitation, reconstruction, recovery, preparedness and mitigation.

Experience from the 2014 floods has shown that whilst Malaysians have been extraordinary in their generosity and willingness to volunteer in providing aid, there is room for major and effective improvement if all efforts are better coordinated to improve the response to natural disasters.

Better management and coordination will ensure that efforts and resources will not be duplicated or wasted and more importantly no groups of peoples or communities are inadvertently neglected.The role of civil society organisations in the national response to disaster management can be improved after gaining an insight into the strengths of each organisation as well as evaluating the flaws and weaknesses in the current methods of handling disasters.

HAKAM is now endeavouring to conduct a fact finding mission together with NGOs who participated in relief efforts especially during the recent floods in the east coast, environmental experts, environmental activists and relevant stakeholders. This is to establish and evaluate the limitations and challenges they faced during the floods and how a workable framework can be formulated for future use.

The ultimate aim of a framework is to enhance the human rights protections of victims of disasters, in various scenarios: floods, earthquakes, land slides etc. The leadership and engagement of local governments and communities, civil society, and the private sector are needed to address effectively the challenges posed by climate change, including those linked to human mobility. With a working framework, the national response to disasters may be further enhanced with better co-ordination to complement one another during relief work.

HAKAM invites representatives from civil society organisations and various corporations who have undertaken relief work or provided aid during emergencies and disasters in Malaysia (esp in the East Coast floods in 2014) to be a participant and collaborate with the other participants in drawing up a Malaysian citizens’ national response to disasters framework.

If you wish to get involved or be a participant, or wish to have more information, please email: sec-gen[at]hakam.org.my

Read more about our 2014/2016 Special Project – National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework

 

National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework: Roundtable Discussion

NATIONAL RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS : A WORKING FRAMEWORK
Roundtable discussion: 5 August 2015

Rice

It is HAKAM’s position that victims of natural disasters have the right to live in a reasonably healthy and safe environment and something must be done to ensure in times of disaster a proper system is in place that will work towards contributing to the effective protection of their inherent right to life.

Arising from these devastating floods late 2014 which affected various states of Malaysia, the failure of the government’s disaster management machinery in assisting victims and in light of Putrajaya’s stance that “Malaysians must learn to be more self-reliant and not depend solely on government agencies to handle flood disasters”, and with the continuous suffering of the flood victims to-date, HAKAM has embarked on a special initiative which we call the National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework (NR2D Framework).

Read more about this HAKAM Special Project 

The role of civil society organisations remains crucial in all phases of disaster management namely relief, response, rehabilitation, reconstruction, recovery, preparedness and mitigation. Read more