That’s the thought that occurred to me when I found out that the MCLM has announced a second lawyer as its candidate. While I know quite a few lawyers myself, and consider some of them my good friends, I have this general bias against lawyers. I personally feel that most lawyers are scum.
However, the MCLM claims that these candidates that they are lining up are not scum, and since I do not know any of these candidates personally, I would have to accept their word at face value. I think that the MCLM is trying to provide us a breath of fresh air and I hope that they do succeed.
For too long, I have been telling people that I would spoil my vote in disgust if presented with the choice between voting for a donkey or a monkey. While some dinosaurs will tell me that it is wishful thinking that MCLM will make a dent in Malaysia’s politics, I do think that we need somebody to take a step in the right direction, even if it is folly.
The idea of sending lawyers into parliament has some appeal to me. For one, members of parliament are law makers. Since that is the case, it would seem logical that the MPs be people who are versed in the law and know how to fix the disconnects in the law. However, I just hope that they do end up balancing these lawyers with non-lawyers too.
Personally, I would like to see more engineers in parliament because, engineers are natural trouble-shooters. Engineers are trained to solve problems, with the tools at hand. So, having some real engineers would be helpful in parliament as well, because we can help make the machine right again.
Let’s just wait and see who else the MCLM announces as candidates. They are supposed to have about 20 lined up and geared up to go.