ALOR STAR, May 24:
Kedah Umno Youth is urging the government to redefine the laws pertaining to political immunity in state legislative assemblies and Parliament to ensure no parties misuse that privilege.
Kedah Umno Youth chief Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainal Abidin expressed concern that elected representatives with a “street politics” mentality would take matters into their own hands, as happened in the case of Seri Delima state assemblyman from Penang R.S.N. Rayer, that could trigger unnecessary provocation.
“In actual fact, this immunity is used in debating issues relating to the interests of the country and people and not to vent anger or dissatisfaction,” he said in a statement here today.
He said Rayer must apologise and admit his emotional lapse in calling several Umno leaders “celaka” (damn) during the last Penang state legislative assembly sitting.
Rayer had made the remark when debating on the Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ address.
Menawhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned Rayer’s remarks in a Facebook posting early today.
Najib said it was unbecoming of the assemblyman to resort to things which could lead to disharmony.
“We may differ in our political opinions but being abusive is uncalled for.”
However, the Prime Minister appealed to Umno members not to overreact by taking the law into their own hands.
“Any reaction should be within the boundaries of the law and maintain the image of Umno.
“Do not do anything irresponsible as we must strive to continue upholding the good name and reputation of our party.”