Media banned from gathering at Parliament lobby
KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia yesterday issued a ruling banning media personnel from gathering at the Parliament lobby with immediate effect.
From now on, they would only be allowed to operate from the media centre.
Pandikar Amin made the decision following complaints from members of parliament.
“I myself do not feel comfortable because I feel the media is everywhere, as if the the Parliament lobby is a picnic area.
“I have decided that media personnel who are in Parliament must report on the Dewan Rakyat proceedings or press conferences from the media centre, effective immediately,” he said after the question-and-answer session ended at the Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday.
Pandikar Amin said Standing Order 94 of the Dewan Rakyat gave the Dewan Rakyat Speaker the authority to issue the ruling.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz proposed an alternative site for the press.
He said there should be interaction during press conferences.
“I suggest they provide a special corner where the media can stay there. I feel it is convenient.”