Posted: 19 Jun 2014 12:26 AM PDT
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he is now sure that the Malaysian Parliament is a "rubber stamp" for Putrajaya after a motion to suspend a member of his party for six months was passed without a debate.
The opposition leader said the Pakatan Rakyat was not given a chance to debate the motion to suspend Padang Serai MP N. Surendran.
“It is now confirmed that the Parliament is a rubber stamp… when you suspend a member of parliament for six months without any debate,” he said, echoing what Surendran had said previously.
“We strongly protest the way Parliament was used. We (the opposition) cannot debate, cannot criticise or cannot reprimand," he told reporters after staging a walkout from the chamber today.
Surendran was again suspended from Parliament for six months today for insulting the House and its Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia in a press conference on Monday.
He had just completed a six-month suspension on a similar charge of insulting the speaker in November last year, in a motion tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 12:25 AM PDT
A visibly agitated opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told reporters, “It's official. Parliament is indeed a rubber stamp,” after Padang Serai MP N.Surendran was suspended from the Dewan Rakyat for 6 months. He adds calling Parliament a rubber stamp is nothing new, as even Dr Mahathir Mohamad had uttered it when he was fighting with Tunku Abdul Rahman, but notes that no action was taken then.
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