Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Misleading the House: BN's Tajuddin escapes punishment
Government backbencher Tajuddin Abdul Rahman has managed to avoid facing the powerful parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee, thanks to the protection of fellow Barisan Nasional representatives.
Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected a motion to refer him to the committee after 82 MPs voted against it.
Fifty-six voted for the motion, brought by Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timor), who said Tajuddin, the outspoken MP for Pasir Salak, had misled the House when he accused Pakatan Rakyat politicians of selling government secrets.
Last night, Tajuddin caused a ruckus when he alleged that Penang leaders travelled frequently to Singapore and Hong Kong to sell the secrets.
He also said Lim was former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's secretary.
This irked Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong), who suggested that Tajuddin be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee under Standing Order 36 (12) for making remarks that were uncalled for.
But deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee argued that the Standing Order that Gobind cited did not apply in this case.
Gobind then cited Standing Order 36 (6). He said Tajuddin harboured an ulterior motive and demanded that he withdraw his accusations.
A heated argument ensued, and the shouting ended only when Kiandee called on members of the House not to make baseless allegations in their speeches.