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GEORGE TOWN, Nov 14, 2014:

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today urged Umno to expel its members who encroached into the Penang Assembly on May 21 this year.

Describing them as hooligans, Lim tabled a motion asking for the expulsion of the members, whom he said had tarnished Umno’s reputation by rioting.

“I call on Umno to expel these rowdies as members,” he told the House when tabling a motion under House Rule 34(viii), to condemn the demonstration held by a group of protesters who claimed to be Umno members.

The motion described the protesters as being unruly, wild and violent for storming into the assembly hall, destroying House properties and threatening the safety and lives of elected representatives and officers present.

The demonstration took place a day after RSN Rayer (DAP – Seri Delima) allegedly called Umno “celaka” during the assembly session.

The state assembly passed a motion then to form a special committee, headed by Speaker Law Choo Kiang, to investigate the incident.

Lim’s motion was tabled based on the committee’s investigation report.

Mahmud Zakaria (BN – Sungai Acheh) then called on Lim, as DAP secretary-general to also take party disciplinary action on RSN Rayer (DAP – Seri Delima) for provoking the incident by labelling Umno as “celaka”.

However, Mahmud’s suggestion was rejected by Lim, reasoning that it was irrelevant and a non-issue.

The motion also called on the state police chief and relevant public security authorities to take charge of security matters in and outside the House.

The motion was later passed with majority support.

The assembly sitting was adjourned sine die.

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