2 AS­SEM­BLY­MEN

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Tun Ab­dul Rah­man Ab­bas’ open­ing ad­dress last Fri­day.

Dis­sat­is­fied with what Rayer had ut­tered, Shah Headan stood up and re­peat­edly de­manded that he re­tracted his words.

“Tarik ba­lik, tarik ba­lik (Re­tract, re­tract),” Shah Headan was heard shout­ing at Rayer.

A de­fi­ant Rayer re­fused to do so, lead­ing to a war of words be­tween the two.

“Duduk atau keluar dua-dua (Sit down or both of you get out),” Law was heard telling them re­peat­edly.

Re­fus­ing to calm down, Law then or­dered the two out of the house for the whole day.

State op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Ja­hara Hamid (BN-Teluk Air Tawar) then stood up and ques­tioned Law’s de­ci­sion against Shah Headan.

Law then or­dered for calm in the house and Salleh was al­lowed to pro­ceed with his de­bate.

Speak­ing to news­men later, a dis­sat­is­fied Shah Headan de­scribed the de­ci­sion to eject him as un­fair.

“What he (Rayer) had said was rude, and as such, I de­manded that he re­tract his words.

“For that, I am asked to leave. That is not fair,” he said, adding that there were many other im­por­tant is­sues plagu­ing the state but Rayer chose to ut­ter such words.

“It clearly shows he has no ori­en­ta­tion. Just imag­ine what will hap­pen if the re­verse hap­pens.”

Shah Headan said BN politi­cians, in­clud­ing him, had a mother, wife, daugh­ters and women vot­ers.

“There is no way we (BN) take them as sex ob­jects.”

Rayer, how­ever, de­fended his ac­tion, say­ing he only raised the is­sue of how BN politi­cians had treated women in a de­mean­ing man­ner as can be seen in the re­cent state­ments made by sev­eral BN politi­cians.

In an­other mat­ter, BN as­sem­bly­men yes­ter­day wore white rib­bons over their coats as a sym­bolic ges­ture to de­clare the DAP-led state gov­ern­ment’s com­pe­tency, ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency (CAT) pol­icy as dead.

They did so af­ter three of their mo­tions — namely for Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng to re­lin­quish his po­si­tion fol­low­ing his graft case, to stan­dard­ise pen­sions for ex-as­sem­bly­men and a call for civil ser­vants and state ad­min­is­tra­tors to go on leave when they are tried for cor­rup­tion — were re­jected for de­bate.

Ja­hara lamented Law’s de­ci­sion to re­ject the three mo­tions.

Law had said his de­ci­sion was fi­nal. Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, Ja­hara ques­tioned the need for elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to at­tend the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly sit­ting if they could not make their voices heard.

Datuk Shah Headan Ay­oob Hus­sain Shah

R.S.N. Rayer

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