Monday, March 23, 2009

Rejection of motion to reconsider Gobind's suspension

The member for Parliament for Bandar Kuching gave notice to the Speaker of the House last week. The motion was to ask the house to review the decision to suspend the MP for Puchong YB Gobind for a year without any allowance on the basis that the MP of Puchong had breached his privilege as an MP when he had accused the Deputy Prime Minister for being involved in a murder case.

To day the Speaker by way of a letter stated that he had in Chambers rejected the motion by the MP for Bandar Kuching on the grounds that the matter and points were sufficiently replied to by the Minister Dato Seri Nazri last Monday in the House.

Not satisfied with the decision of the Speaker the MP for Bandar Kuching, Batu Gajah, Kota Malacca and my self then argued with the Speaker that the motion was important and should be allowed.
We pointed out that the suspension of Gobind was improper for the following reasons:

1) His remuneration can only be suspended by introducing a bill for this purposes as other wise this will be contrary to the Members Of Parliament (Remuneration) Act 1980.

2) That the failure to give Gobind a chance to defend -where he was not allowed to speak during the debate to suspend him. This is a serious violation and breach of the rules of natural justice. The whole country is now saying the Malaysian Parliament is a joke. To correct this perception it would be best advice to revive the decision to suspend Gobind.
The Speaker refused to budge and disallowed our appeals.

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