YOU may have heard the term ‛filibuster’ on TV when lawmakers in Hong Kong try to stop a
motion from passing by speaking for a long time. Recently, MPs (members of parliament) in South Korea (南韓) set a new world record by speaking for 192 hours – eight full days – in a filibuster!
Though not done by a single person, the lawmakers had to speak non-stop, which is hard work. They did this because they wanted to prevent an anti-terrorism bill from being voted on, as they believed it would damage personal freedoms. But when they stopped, the bill was finally passed hours later. That means the lawmakers did not achieve their goal.
Filibustering is a way of delaying procedures in a parliament so that certain bills cannot be passed or even put to vote. Some people think it a good practice, while others believe it is not moral to do so.
(This article is published on Goodies on 16 March 2016)