Monday, March 29, 2010

Dewan Rakyat to Make Standing Order Decision Today

Deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar will decide on Wednesday the issue of Article 37(1) of the Standing Order to refer members of parliament to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee for misleading the house.

He said this after Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Independent-Pasir Mas) cited Article 37(1) of the Standing Order, read together with Article 36(12), to refer Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR-Machang) to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee for making conflicting statements.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh) then asked Wan Junaidi whether he should explain to Dewan tomorrow or on Wednesday the issue that 1Malaysia was copied from "One Israel".

Last week, Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee gave Anwar who was absent one week to explain the issue after it was brought up by Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan  (BN-Kota Belud).

Wan Junaidi said it was not up to him to say and asked Anwar to check the matter with Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee who made the decision.

"The member for Beluran (Kiandee) was not wrong as it was made under Article 100 where the Speaker can decide on similar matters."

As soon as Kiandee took over parliament session, Anwar asked him to explain the 'conflicting' decisions made by Wan Junaidi and him.
"I raised Article 37(1) and 14(1) where the Speaker had agreed with the member for Kota Belud. I am not asking for explanation on Article 14(1) but a ruling to avoid conflicting decisions.
"I don't have a problem in explaining the issue but don't want it to used specifically for Permatang Pauh," he said.
Kiandee said Article 37(1) cited by Kota Belud member last week was a normal meeting ruling used by all MPs.   

"Kota Belud today raised a Point of Order that Permatang Pauh had made conflicting statements to which a minister proposed that he be given time to explain the issue involving Apco.

"I agreed since Permatang Pauh was away at that time. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. My decision that the member make the explanation tomorrow stands and it is up to the government to act," he said.

The reply drew response from Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) who asked whether Anwar should explain the issue tomorrow or on Wednesday.
Kiandee said Anwar had been given until tomorrow to explain and that he could choose not to do it.
Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) then asked Kiandee the basis for giving Anwar one week to explain the issue.

Kiandee said the Speaker has 'inheritance power' to make a decision and that there is a provision to refer him to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee should a dispute arises.

courtesy of Malaysian Digest

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