The Budget Speech Is NOT the Budget (Part One)

loading

Don’t feel sad if you can’t always follow what goes on in Parliament. But if MPs are stumped by the lack of best practices during Budget Day, then we should worry.

Parliament must appear very strange for the uninitiated. After all, the Westminster system that Malaysia models itself after is an old and quaint one. There are many weird practices involved, such as the thumping of tables, addressing MPs by their constituencies instead of their actual names and the party whip system (to name just a few).

The first thing I did after becoming a Member of Parliament was to buy and attempt to read Erskine May. And of course I didn’t manage to finish the 1,000-page book.1 But I did get a gist of the so-called “parliamentary practices”. The English parliament is even weirder than I initially thought. 


To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.



Related Articles

ODDLY ENOUGH
Jul 2017

Hang Tuah as an Icon for Malaysia

He was not afraid of pluralism and multiculturalism.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Jan 2017

The Budget Speech is NOT the Budget (Part Two)

The federal government’s murky budgeting practices have serious consequences.

ODDLY ENOUGH
May 2016

The Political Economy of Malaysia’s Migrant Worker Business

The import of foreign workers rakes in hundreds of millions each year, but for whom?

ODDLY ENOUGH
Dec 2017

Food and Politics

What has food got to do with politics?