KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22, 2015:
Gelang Patah Member of Parliament Lim Kit Siang, who was suspended from Parliament today for six months, said the decision to do so was the “lowest point of Parliament”.
Talking to reporters in Parliament, the DAP veteran smiled at the crowd and said: “I’ll see you in six months’ time.”
He expressed his sadness about the decision.
“I feel very sad and this is the lowest point of Parliament with the way the motion has been rushed through.
“It is utter disregard for parliamentary procedure, practices and convention.
“A reformed Parliament and Speaker will never be part of such contemptuous proceedings,” he said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby.
PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Lim was the latest victim to the 1MDB saga.
“Has this issue become untouchable and no one question it?
“The question he brought up was about if PAC could still function without its chairman. Is this against the law?”
PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said the government only dared to accuse members of the Opposition but could not prove facts when asked.
“They did not give an opportunity to Lim to answer those baseless allegations. They should have given him the right to defend himself.
“This is another proof that the Umno-Barisan Nasional government could not defend its own allegations made against Lim by not providing any opportunity for him to defend himself.
“This is a cowardly act.”
He said Lim was only the latest victim of those who criticised 1MDB.
“This will not weaken our spirit and this will also urge the people to vote for change in the next general election.”
Amanah vice-president Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said the matter should have been brought to the Parliament Committee of Privileges and then only debated in Parliament.
“Instead, it was bulldozed despite it not being proven that he had committed wrong.
“This will create a bad perception that anyone that talks about 1MDB will be punished for it.”
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the proceeding that took place was legally and factually “wrong”.
“On that basis, PAS is solidly against the motion to suspend Lim.
“The issue that should be discussed are national issues and not issues of insults.
“Lim was not given his chance to defend himself and natural justice was not served here.”
Lim was suspended after a motion was submitted by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said who accused the former of insulting Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.