Friday, July 31, 2009
Another By-Election: Permatang Pasir, N11 Penang
My deepest condolence to the family of Allahyarham Mohd Hamdan Abd Rahman, the Penang State Assemblyman for N11 Permatang Pasir.
According to his blog, Alor Star born Mohd. Hamdan was a former student and teacher at my alma mater Sultan Abdul Hamid College. Another lost of a great collegian who aimed for strong and courage; for virtues and for values.
Since the last GE in March '08, this is the 7th by-election so far, and the 5th one due to the demises of our YBs.
We can't stop death and by-elections, it is the price of democracy!
But in any Human Resources philosophy, the risk mitigation for the cost of replacement need to be consider. In the case of politician replacement, it is not only the tangible fat tabs that we need to scrutinize. The sociology impact, the psychology and all other factors that might be intangible at first but when we dig deep, it is very very expensive ...
According to our constitution, the minimum age to be an elected rep for Dewan Rakyat and DUN is 21. But no provision stated the maximum age. Should we?
Shall SPR need to impose a FOMEMA-style medical check up for the YBs?
Any insurance companies want to provide YBs scheme coverage for SPR, at least could cover certain cost of replacement?
I am very sorry if this posting could angry some but it is not meant for the late YB Hamdan, may he rest in peace. It is a call for a risk mitigation approach to protect the taxpayer Ringgits. A duty responsible for us the livings.
Takziah and Al-Fatihah
Posted by norhisham at 11:04:00 AM