KUALA LUMPUR – Listen, listen, listen… Members of the Malaysian Parliament should cultivate the culture of listening more at the Dewan Rakyat, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri PandikarAmin Mulia.
According to him, this was part of the essence of his discussions with Andreas Gross, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from Switzerland, during the latter’s courtesy call at his office in Parliament House here today.
Gross, who is also an academician, noted the culture was an example of maturing democracy and Pandikar Amin was of the opinion that it should be practised by Malaysian members of parliament (MPs).
“He told me, that preferably in a democracy, there should not only be a lot of talking but also a lot of listening.
“Jokingly, I said to him, that in the Malaysian Parliament, more are talking and less are listening because when they stand up to speak, 20 to 30 people are talking at once.
“So, when one speaks another must listen,” he told reporters after the courtesy call.
Gross, who is on a six-day visit to Malaysia, beginning Sunday, also met Senate President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang on Monday. – Bernama