KUALA LUMPUR – Three opposition members of Parliament were suspended from attending the Dewan Rakyat sitting for 10 days effective today for insulting Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
The order was issued by Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee on Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Beruas), Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) and Sivakumar Varatharaju Naidu (DAP-Batu Gajah).
The decision was made following the statements and actions by the three outside the house after their motion on seizing luxury yacht “The Equanimity” on March 6 was rejected by Pandikar.
Kiandee in reading out the decision at the Dewan Rakyat today said the statements of the three MPs were an insult to Pandikar and ignored the powers of the Chair and had undermined the good name and prestige of the house.
“It is an act that insults the proceeding of the house and ignores the power of the Chair as set out under Regulation 44 (2), ” he said.
He decided that the statements of three MPs which were published in the website, www.malaysiakini.com which among others alleged Pandikar who should not be a party to close the corruption scandal and had failed to uphold the truth, should resign, was an affront and insult to Pandikar.
“On March 13, the MP for Taiping said in a media statement in www.freemalaysiatoday.com that the Dewan Rakyat Speaker should take appropriate action to preserve the integrity of Dewan Rakyat and if the Speaker fails, the Malaysian Parliament will be seen as one of the humiliating institutions in the world,” Kiandee said.
After studying the statements, he said the Dewan Rakyat Speaker wrote a letter to the three MPs on March 13 for them to apologise in the house over the allegations but they declined. – BERNAMA