KUALA LUMPUR – It is unfair for the Government to stop Parliamentarians from speaking on issues like 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) report, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former premier was in Parliament on Tuesday for a meeting with Opposition lawmakers.
“Yes, there is a limit to freedom of speech and freedom of press, as otherwise it may cause racial tension among other issues.
“However, Parliament is free from these limits, especially with regard to freedom of speech.
“They represent the people and their grouses and they must be heard and allowed to speak freely,” he said.
Dr Mahathir then hit out at the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, claiming he was biased towards the Government.
“The speaker is supposed to be like a judge and he should not be biased in Parliament. The speaker should not take into account his loyalty to any party.
“However, the speaker has on multiple occasions made statements and stopped debates which were on matters that could possibly displease certain quarters,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also chairman of the newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
He also said that Parliamentarians should not be subject to the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for simply pointing out the things they discovered during their time in the Cabinet.
Dr Mahathir met with Opposition leaders on Tuesday, including DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, Pribumi president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng. – The Star