Speaker’s de­ci­sion not per­sonal or po­lit­i­cal

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE De­wan Rakyat Speaker’s de­ci­sions are based solely on the Par­lia­ment Stand­ing Or­der and not on per­sonal or po­lit­i­cal opin­ions.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia said this in clar­i­fy­ing his de­ci­sion to bar dis­cus­sion on the civil law­suit by the United States De­part­ment of Jus­tice.

He said his rule was to en­sure that the state­ments from Par­lia­ment is not used in the US to in­flu­ence the trial.

Pandikar said there were 33 ques­tions sub­mit­ted for oral an­swers in the De­wan and two mo­tions re­lated to the mat­ter.

“If I al­low (the mat­ter) to be de­bated, it means the min­is­ter will have to an­swer and ev­ery an­swer of a min­is­ter in the De­wan will get huge cov­er­age from the me­dia.

“Even if the US does not call wit­nesses from Malaysia, it can quote what has been said in the Malaysian Par­lia­ment in or­der to in­flu­ence the trial in US,” he told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Pandikar said his rul­ing was based on three Stand­ing Or­ders – 23(1)(g), 36(2) and 21(1)(a) – which states that any mat­ter still un­re­solved in court can­not be dis­cussed and that ques­tions to a min­is­ter has to be in re­la­tion to the min­is­ter’s port­fo­lio.

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