Election day is just five days away. If you are still unsure who to vote for, there’s a cute little website with information on all the members of the parliament (MP) in Malaysia.
MyMP is a website created by MCCHR (Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights) in 2014 as a part of their UndiMsia! project to inform young voters about Malaysian parliamentary procedures.
According to MyMP FAQ, this website was created by a group of volunteers together with MCCHR to serve as a constant monitor of how well the MPs are doing and the reason for the colourful website design and the 8-bit characters (though they look more like 16-bit) is to show that Malaysia politics can be fun.
They also said they are not politically affiliated with anyone or any parties and MCCHR funds the website through grants.
The cute pixel characters were created by local Malaysian designer, Ivan, through his company Alchy.my.
On this website, you can search for any MPs and see how well they perform, how easy it is to contact them, how responsive they are, they have declared their assets and more. Each section has a maximum score of 10.
Availability: How easy it is to reach the MP. The higher the score, the easier it is. MyMP said they calculate the score based on the information collected from social media and service centre information.
Loyalty: How often the MP change his/her party, alliance/coalition and constituency.
Work Ethic: How often does the MP attend parliament meetings, ask questions during the meetings, table motions and bills and participation in Parliamentary Committees.
Transparency: How open are the MPs with their assets and incomes. MyMP said this category is still a work in progress, which is why there’s no score for this category yet.
Win Rate: How likely an MP is to retain their seat or how often they win or lose in the previous elections. MyMP said this is based on past electoral data.
Each MP’s profile also includes their personal histories. MyMP sourced this information from Wikipedia.
Some MPs were also given special badges for breaking Covid-19 SOPs, being under investigation by the authorities, switching parties often and more. For example, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has two badges for breaking Covid-19 SOPs and was investigated by the authorities.
If you want to know more about their scoring system, you can read about it here. They are also accepting donations and volunteers to help with the site.
If you want to see what the MPs look like as an 8-bit character and find out more about them before voting this coming Saturday, this website is the place to be.