Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zambry accuses Pakatan of planning walkout

Datuk Seri Dr Zambry (right) expressed anger at the behaviour of the PR assemblymen at today's sate assembly sittin. - Picture by Choo Choy May
Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir scoffed at the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) walkout from the state assembly today, accusing them of planning it in advance.

The Perak Mentri Besar expressed anger at the behaviour of the PR assemblyman during today’s chaotic sitting and even accused his predecessor Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and PKR’s Tai Sing Ng (Kuala Sepetang) of attempting to hit him.

“Did you see? They wanted to hit me just now, right? Isn’t it interesting? It would have been big news if I got hit just now from Nizar and Tai.

“Tai already came so close to me... he raised his file to hit me,” claimed Zambry.

During the chaotic sitting, Tai had walked up to Zambry prior to the walkout and was seen raising his file after exchanging a few words with the latter.

He was later accosted by the group of sergeant-at-arms standing in front of the Speaker’s dais who pushed him away from Zambry.

Tai later explained that Zambry had accused him of being a gangster and added that he had no intention to hit the state leader but was just making a show of raising his hand.

“Well you know what they are capable of. You saw their historical behaviours just now, turning the assembly hall into a battlefield for demonstration... carrying placards and all.

“This is the behaviour of those who claim to be moral, claim to carry the titles of YB (yang berhormat)... Supposedly, they claimed they want to be with us in the hall, to be a good and strong opposition,” said Zambry.
During the sitting, the PR lawmakers flashed printed signages with words like “The World is Watching”, “Penyamun” and “Perompak” to their BN foes and several even attempted to walk over to the Speaker to hand him the signs.

Zambry added that the PR lawmakers had already planned to walk out from the sitting and were merely finding ways and means to get themselves thrown out.

“They are finding excuses, they claimed that we did not include debates on the royal address into the agenda of the sitting but can you hear what is happening now in the hall? Is this not the debates on the address?” he said, referring to the ongoing debates that could be heard from the speakers in the library where the press conference was being held.

Zambry pointed out that there was nothing wrong with the tabling of bills to be done before the tabling of pre-approved motions, which included the motion of thanks on the royal address as well as the debates.

“It was in the order paper. We normally bring up any enactment first... this usually takes precedence, they will be discussed and tabled first and then followed by the motions.

“This so called impostor of the speaker (Tronoh assmblyman) V. Sivakumar said ‘tribute’, ‘tribute’, it has nothing to do with it. The debate itself is the motion,” he explained.

Earlier the PR assemblymen had attempted to move a motion to include debates on the royal address, which they claimed was not in the order paper that was presented to them in the chamber.

According to the PR lawmakers, the presentation of government bills should only come after the debate of thanks on the address, which was not the case in today’s proceedings.

“They thought that the debates come immediately but they must go through the enactments first and then followed by the debates.

“They were just finding excuses not to stay in the hall. I also told them in the chamber itself — wait, just wait for the enactments to be done and then the debates would ensue.

“It is just a part of the game that they want to play, they assume that (Speaker Datuk) R. Ganesan would send them out from the hall,” he said.

The PR assemblymen staged a walkout this morning after they failed in raising a point of order to question Ganesan’s legitimacy as the Speaker and when their interjections to invoke the Standing Orders in the House were ignored by the Speaker.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

1 comment:

Chauncey Gardener said...

Is Ganesan's appointment legally correct ? Siva had not resigned nor was there any motion to remove him.

So who had authority to place Ganesan as Speaker ? He is not even an ADUN.