KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22, 2015:
After almost 90 minutes of heated debate between both sides of the political divide, the motion to suspend Lim Kit Siang (Gelang Patah-DAP) was passed after a vote bloc was called in Parliament at 1pm today.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee called for a debate on the motion at 11.30am after Lim, who was given till 11.30am to apologise or retract his remarks directed against the Speaker, refused to so.
“107 supported (the suspension) and 77 did not agree. Hence, I call on Gelang Patah to exit the hall,” Ronald announced in Parliament at 1.15pm.
Lim, who explained that he exempted himself from voting, bid, “Okay, bye, bye” to MPs in the hall before exiting, triggering farewell waves from BN MPs and jeers from the Opposition MPs.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said filed the motion for debate after Lim failed to apologise and retract his remarks made against Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on Monday.
In what could be seen as the highlight of the week in Parliament, the lively debate of the motion saw a series of arguments involving MPs Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong-DAP), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Bintulu-BN), Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh (Setiu-BN) and Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (Sepang-Amanah).
The debate was predominantly over the use of the rule to bring about the motion.
Lim was given the opportunity to present his defence following the debate, during which he said that today’s events were an “insult”.
“I have never felt so sad. I am sad not because I will be suspended for six months, but because what happened today is an insult to the Parliament and contempt of Parliament.
“I am sad that MPs don’t realise how shallow they are, how ignorant they are.
“People are choking, struggling with rising costs, charges for sedition, 1MDB, typhoid, and the Speaker is more interested in suspending the MP of Gelang Patah,” he said.
Lim said any outsider would agree that the decision to stop the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from meeting was a misuse of power and a sabotage of 1MDB.
Before ending his defence, the DAP supremo said the allegations of what he said were not true and that the right way to handle the issue was by presenting details to a Committee of Privileges to decide his fate.
“Look at what is in the motion. Among it paragraph 4, that ‘Gelang Patah hurled words that the Yang Di-Pertua is a dictator in making interpretation to the decision of the house and politicised his position as Yang Di-Pertua.
“Yesterday, Tuesday, YDP never raised this. Why raise it now? Because it’s not true. Is the standard of Malaysia’s education system so low that they don’t understand the language?”