Malaysian politicians become 8-bit avatars in revamped directory tracking their performance

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Details of Malaysia’s 222 Members of Parliament can be hard to find, which is why members of a civil society group have decided to simplify the process in a fun way.

The revamped MyMP website transforms faces of Malaysian MPs into eight-bit avatars and pairs them with essential information such as the constituencies they represent, how they performed in elections, and how much they scored based on qualities like their availability, transparency, and work ethics.

The website, which was launched by the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, or MCCHR, in 2014, went through a makeover amid the group’s further push to keep voters informed.

Volunteers have been working on developing the website since 2020 through grants obtained by the group, which is not funded by any political party.

Data is scraped from various sources including Hansard documents of Malaysia’s official parliamentary records.

The vast amount of information this website provides might even hold elected MPs to greater accountability. Details such as winning margins in elections, and the number of political parties and alliances each MP has been a part of might help voters decide the credibility of the candidate.

Visitors to the MyMP website can search for any MP on the website by keying in either their name, constituency or the area they belong to. The website appears to be updating itself with new information round the clock, according to its update feed.

Each MP is also scored between 0 and 10 and is given badges for whatever controversy they might be in, like “Langgar SOP” for breaching COVID-19 rules, or “Disiasat” for being under police investigation. All details are backed up by news sources.

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