In Parliament, when might is right and sledgehammers rule the day

November 14, 2013

Parliament, the place for civilised debates and arguments, turned into an arena to put a government critic in place. Using their parliamentary majority, the Barisan Nasional lawmakers approved a motion to suspend Padang Serai MP N. Surendran for six months.

His crime? Ostensibly insulting Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia yesterday over an emergency motion Surendran tabled to discuss the demolition of a century-old Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur.

While the Speaker had rejected the first-term MP’s emergency motion, his BN colleagues’ motion to suspend Surendran was accepted amid an uproar in parliament which led to a voting boycott.

That did not stop the BN lawmakers from voting to suspend Surendran for six months.

The thing is, the BN and the Speaker can use parliament proceedings as a shield to protect the government and its actions but Malaysians are more savvy and intelligent than many of these YBs.

They know when a sledgehammer is being used and when the school yard bullies are at work.

The Pakatan Rakyat MPs argued on technicalities, claiming that the motion was illegal due to the short notice, and that it did not involve public interest and instead reflected a conflict of interest as it involved Pandikar.

Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah) pointed out that the motion did not fulfil the one-day notice criteria stated in the Standing Order.

“The motion was distributed yesterday evening and you want to debate this now? Such motion should be referred to the Rights and Privileges committee. Parliament is being made a laughing stock,” he charged.

Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) said the Speaker’s decision in fast tracking the motion showed that it was clearly personal.

Is this what the Parliament is for then? To settle personal scores or to discuss and debate issues of interest to Malaysians? Or is it just a rubber-stamp for the government of the day?

Surendran is the first MP to be ejected and suspended from Parliament since the May 5 general elections, but he probably won’t be the last.

The question is, can the majority in parliament stop the bullying and instead refer errant or recalcitrant lawmakers to the appropriate committee instead of becoming judge, jury and executioner.

That has no place in a parliamentary democracy.

Unless we want to perpetuate the idea that Malaysia is a joke, from using legal means to restrict words used in prayer to suspending lawmakers for personal reasons. – November 14, 2013

  1. #1 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 5:47 pm

    Monkeys!!! That’s what they are. A whole bunch of monkeys. Monkey mobsters.

  2. #2 by tak tahan on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 6:01 pm

    What is the point of mooting to achieve the best democracy when these bunch of BN law makers or breakers-to be exact- don’t even follow the rule of law.Might as well no need parliament session.Just draft out one’s fancy laws and put in place.No debate or question,just follow blindly.Real kangaroo lawless nation ! Endless possibility shame !

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 6:05 pm

    The fact of the matter is UMNO/BN MPs are condemned hopeless souls. Even if UMNO/BN gets kicked out of office, they will still blame someone else but themselves.

    Its basically Institutionalized irresponsibility – even infantilism is better than what we have..

  4. #4 by tak tahan on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 6:07 pm

    Sultan Of Selangor was reported to have said A!!ah is an exclusive word to muslim only.No two ways about it.Seems we really need divine intervention this time.Me think no other than God can only save us la……….lol

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 6:07 pm


  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Thank you Nancy Shukri, Paul Low, Waythamoorthy etc. You are part of the Geng now.

  7. #8 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 6:57 pm

    We ‘follow’ the ‘Westminster System’. They do all these antics at Westminster. Right, Bung ?

  8. #9 by Winston on Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Well, well, well.
    This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened.
    In fact, it’s normal for inconvenient truths to be barred from any discussion.
    But such acts are getting more blatant, just like those relating to race and religion.

  9. #10 by Noble House on Friday, 15 November 2013 - 3:16 am

    Is there a Speaker in the House? Well, if there really is one, then the word “Hijacker” is best used to describe him in the August House.

    Some of these MPs have no shame, literally or figuratively, speaking. The unparliamentary acts by those in power resemble more with those of the apes than the lawmakers which they called themselves.

    But then, shame is not the word. Disgusting it is!

  10. #11 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 15 November 2013 - 7:48 am

    Unsconscionable brute force.

    Parliament of the brutes, by the brutes for the brutes.

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