Monday, March 22, 2010

Nazri lied in Parliament, says Saifuddin

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz has been accused of lying in Parliament about Kelantan’s right to oil royalties.

Machang MP Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said Nazri, in a speech in Parliament last December, referred to the defunct Emergency Ordinance to justify the federal government's refusal to pay royalties to Kelantan.

Nazri cited the 1969 ordinance to explain that Kelantan's territory extended only to three nautical miles off its shores.

“The Emergency Ordinance has been abolished,” said Saifuddin, who is PKR's secretary-general. “This means that when he spoke in Parliament, the honourable minister was using a repealed act.

“By using a repealed act in Parliament, he has lied to the House.”

He called for firm action against Nazri based on a parliamentary rule that specifies punishments for MPs and ministers who lie in Parliament.

Saifuddin said the Emergency Act of 1979 “clearly states that the Emergency Ordinance was repealed”.

Kubang Kerian MP Salahudin Ayub said Nazri had been deceitful and that this was “a major issue”.

“We will wait for a week,” said the PAS deputy president. “If they refer Anwar Ibrahim to the privileges committee, then we will do the same with Nazri.”

courtesy of FMT

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