Latest Dewan Rakyat: Two-day suspension for Gobind


Kuala Lumpur, Tues:

A decision not to refer a Minister to the Rights and Privileges committee culminated in an opposition member being suspended from the House for two days.

Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) was thrown out from the House after he told deputy speaker, Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that he was being biased.

"He (Nazri) makes the mistake and you are punishing me," he told Wan Junaidi after the deputy speaker and Gobind got into an arguement over the merits of his decision not to refer Nazri to the rights and privileges committee.

The drama which resulted in Gobind being thrown out began after Question Time ended when Wan Junaidi started ruling on Karpal's claim that Nazri had misled the House two week ago when replying to points raised on the Judicial sackings of 1988.

Nazri had told the House at that time that three judges were never sacked but were told to take early retirement. Subsequently, he clarified, that the three judges were sacked but were given a pension after the then Yang diPertuan Agung appealed to the chief secretary of the government for them to be paid a pension.
Yesterday, in ruling on the case, Wan Junaidi told the House that Nazri had not deliberately "mislead" the House as claimed by Karpal.

"At that time, he base his statment on the facts of the case. He did not deliberately make the statement. He subsequently clarified. I therefore rule that he does not have to be referred to the rights and privileges committee," he said.

This then saw an exchange of words between Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) and Wan Junaidi which saw several opposition members taking part.

The exchange lasted a good 30 minutes and it reached a culmination when Gobind demanded to know how Wan Junaidi had reached his decision without asking Nazri Aziz to explain himself.

He declared that Wan Junaidi was making a mockery of parliament.

At his point, Wan Junaidi lost his temper and called for Gobind to be removed for two days.

NST Online

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