KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21, 2015:
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang) was instructed to withdraw the motion to suspend Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah).
The instruction came straight from Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
This came after several opposition MPs lashed out at Azalina for sending the motion to Parliament before allowing Lim a chance to explain.
“I retract the motion’s notice. I would like to add that Gelang Patah had the chance to apologise since yesterday.
“Gelang Patah, as an old-timer, has to behave appropriately in Parliament,” said Azalina.
Parliament was thrown into chaos when Opposition MPs teamed up to express their dissatisfaction over her motion to suspend Lim.
Pandikar then explained that the matter was actually just a notice, not a motion expected to be presented.
“It’s just a notice, not a motion. It’s a warning for Gelang Patah to do as I asked which was to apologise.
“If there is a mistake, apologise. If that is what is being argued about this procedure, I have no problem asking Azalina go withdraw the motion.
“If an Act can be withdrawn, what more a motion,” he said in the Parliament hall.
Pandikar, who appeared angry over the commotion, also crumpled the motion’s notice on his desk to symbolise that it could be withdrawn at any time.
The drama began when Lim stood up in the Parliament to explain a statement he made on Monday.
However, Lim did not apologise as he was asked to for accusing the Speaker of abusing his power to sabotage investigations over national sovereign arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“I have no intention of accusing the Speaker. I respect the Speaker and I have never said he intentionally abused his power.
“However it was very clear that his decision was a result of power abuse and it was sabotage,” said Lim today, in attempt to explain his Monday’s statement.
Among those who stood up to express their disagreement with Azalina’s notice were Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban), Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan), Khalid Samad (Amanah-Shah Alam), Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Amanah-Parit Buntar) and Shamsul Iskandar Mat Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil).
Following that, Pandikar gave Lim an ultimatum, which was to retract the allegation he made.
He also insisted that the decision made did not come from any quarters.
“Please Gelang Patah, retract unconditionally or … the speech is for later when the decision is made. So I give Gelang Patah time to think. Now, let’s debate the haze issue.
“I was told that I wouldn’t allow motion 18(1) but this haze issue, I see the need to debate it, although that can be done during budget, I will still allow it.
“That means I am not a dictator, not one who does not practise democracy, not one who misunderstands all the time, not one who has to follow the Prime Minister’s direction every time I make a decision.
“While waiting to debate the other agenda, I invite (another) Yang Dipertua to come in and replace me as I, too, need to go to the toilet, so calm down.
“I will take a deep breath,” said Pandikar as he stood up to leave the hall.