Dear Sir,

I am a resident in the area of Titiwangsa and I would like to thank you for the work you have done for the area so far. I have written to you before and I would greatly appreciate it if you could invest in some time to read this email.

I write to you to express my concern regarding a proposed amendment to Article 114 of the Constitution of Malaysia to extend the retirement age of EC members from 65 to 66 that is currently being discussed in the Parliament. I would like to kindly encourage you to vote no to the amendment.

The amendment is being proposed to accommodate one person at a particular point in time and nothing else. It is no accident that the current EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman is nearing his mandatory retirement age.

Amendments of this nature is very damaging to our country’s institutional structure. It gives the impression that our institution and our Constitution are easily made undone at a moment’s whim. I strongly feel that for any law to be respected, it shouldn’t be easily amended to suit a very short-term goal. It is hard to have respect for the law when the law is being formed, modified and unformed in a very discretionary manner. The Constitution is the document that governs us and it worries me that the Constitution is being considered for an amendment with clear disregard for the future in favor of instant gratification.

Greater consideration that firmly keeps a long term view on the integrity of our institution must prevail over any short-term amendment such as that in question.

I kindly hope you are able to agree with me and vote no to the amendment.

Thank you.

Kind regards,
Hafiz Noor Shams

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