Third day drama as MP booted out

The deputy speaker cites Clause 44(2) of the Standing Orders to expel the defiant MP and hands an initial 2-day suspension

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“EVEN if he suspends me until I die, I will still not exit the Dewan Rakyat,” said a defiant Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (picture).

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, the Pasir Salak MP was referring to deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming, who kicked him out of the August house yesterday.

Tajuddin also received a four-day suspension for repeatedly defying rulings.

The drama occurred during the question and answer session when Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin was answering a question put forward by Tajuddin himself.

The Opposition MP, however, was unhappy over Sim’s response and continued pestering for a proper answer.

After taking up much of the time allocated by spitting out unnecessary remarks, Nga requested Tajuddin to move on to the next question. Tajuddin, however, ignored the request and went on badgering.

“Pasir Salak was given enough room for questions, but he chose to hurl accusations at a minister.

“For me, this had no basis. I asked him to state his question, but he remained stubborn, so please escort him out,” Nga said, The deputy speaker then cited Clause 44(2) of the Standing Orders to expel the defiant MP and handed an initial two-day suspension.

“But Pasir Salak did not listen and persisted, which is why I am giving him an additional two days,” said Nga.

Nga explained that it was done as a deterrent to protect the image and dignity of the House.

Tajuddin remained adamant, despite being asked five times to obey orders.

He remained seated and only left 15 minutes later, when the August house moved on to the following questions.

Tajuddin claimed that there was nothing “indecent” about his behaviour as claimed, adding that he did not need the support of the deputy speaker.

He remained rigid on his stand and claimed that he expected Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub to answer instead of his deputy.

Salahuddin, who was then met by reporters, explained that he assigned Sim to answer on his behalf.

“It’s a normal process, I am not going to run away from the House, but a minister should give opportunities to his deputy to answer questions in Parliament. Most of us practise this kind of procedure,” he said.