Friday, 18 November 2011 15:03
Last updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 17:22
CCPS, UndiMsia! Launch 'Laporan Rakyat' Initiative

by Haider Yutim
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 NOVEMBER, 2011: Whether it's an 'A' or an 'F', MPs and state reps will soon get their performance assessed by the people through an initiative called 'Laporan Rakyat' done by Centre for Public Policy Studies (CCPS) and a newly formed organization called UndiMsia!.DOWNLOAD scorecard_for_web.pdf

This move aims to ensure that people know who they choose and what benefit can their representatives bring them, as many don't even know who their representatives are.

The people will be given a form similar to a report card, in which they are required to fill up with questions starting from "Who is your ADUN/MP?", "How often do you see you ADUN/MP?", "Are you happy with the performance of your ADUN/MP?" to matters relating to crime, corruption and the environment.

After filling them up, they will then need to send it back to an UndiMsia representative in that area, or snail mail it to 1718 Jalan Ledang, off Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur or fax it at

They can also downloaded from CCPS website and also UndiMsia! and email it to

For its first phase, the program will do their ground work at Ulu Langat constituency which has already begun since last week and estimated to complete its information gathering within three months.

The reports will then be collected by CCPS and evaluated by them.

Commenting on the reception of the reps in Ulu Langat, Edmund Bon and Ng Yeen Seen from UndiMalaysia said the response from the reps have been positive and that they are willing to cooperate to make it succeed.

Ng said they once they receive the reports, they will compile it where they plan to conduct this survey nationwide including Sabah and Sarawak.

However, for the nationwide phase, the forms are obtained through the mentioned websites and also from newsportals and newspapers that are willing to put it up in their respective media.

Meanwhile, during the launching of the program, CCPS chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr R.V Navaratnam said they came out with the program as they feel obligated to contribute in ensuring democracy in the country.

"We are doing this because we feel that we must make a major contribution to developing a more lively and mature democracy.

"Number two.. we must make our elections meaningful.. our 'wakil rakyat' must be chosen by people who know who they choose," said Navaratnam.

He said many people are not seriously involved or participatory and that money politics are common, which is unfair for the country.

"We blame the government, we blame the Opposition, we blame the member of parliaments and the state assemblymen.. and that's natural.. but actually we should blame ourselves, that's my personal view.

"Because we put them there... we are responsible. We are given a sacred responsibilty of voting and thank God we have a democracy in this country, and pretty liable democracy," said Navaratnam.

He said there are many countries in the world that do not have democracy, and even if they have it is very governed under a very supressive, oppressive, rigid laws.

"I'm not saying we are perfect... we need to improve our democracy as it is not a fully developed democracy.

"But for that, we need to get the right people in Parliament and the state legislative council and later on even the local authorities," he added.

He added that in end people are worried only on 'small' local issues like garbage collection, schools, clinics, lightings, night markets and traffic as they're not interested in international trade policies, foreign policies, defences policies and such.

Undilah will also have meet-up session every Saturday from 11am to 12pm for #UndiChats at Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok which is behind Bangsar LRT station where a 'mamak' session is also included.
- mD