Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Uproar in Perak assembly

A state of chaos marked the second day of the Perak State Assembly when Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen raised a furore in the House, accusing Barisan Nasional appointed Speaker Datuk R. Ganesan of being illegal.

The sitting at first commenced peacefully as the state assemblymen took their seats at their respective sections with ousted speaker V. Sivakumar sitting at the spot allocated for Tronoh assemblyman.

Just before Ganesan opened the floor for the question and answer session, Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Pantai Remis) stood to raise a point of order.

Ganesan at first ignored Nga but later relented when former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin told him to respect the proper procedures of the House and allow for assemblymen to raise a point of order.

He raised eyebrows, however, when he referred to Ganesan as an emcee, saying “Eh, emcee should listen.”

Not noticing, Ganesan allowed Nga speak.

Nga pointed out that Ganesan was not the legally appointed Speaker of the House, saying that the last appointment was done in 2008 under the PR government’s rule.

“Ganesan, you are not the legal Speaker of the House,” he said.

His words spurred Ganesan to action and the former Sungkai assemblyman interrupted Nga, telling him to sit down.

“YB Pantai Remis, sit down. The appointment of the Speaker was done on May 7 following the proper Standing Orders of the dewan. Sit down,” he said.

His words were drowned out by loud shouts from the floor as PR representatives stood, holding up the Standing Orders booklet and printed signs with the words “The World is Watching”, “Penyamun” and “Pencuri”.

The shouting continued for a good ten minutes but Ganesan chose to ignore the PR lawmakers, and continued to call Question Time to order.


courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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