27 BN reps stage walk-out

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

IPOH: Twenty-five Barisan Na­sional (BN) as­sem­bly­men yes­ter­day staged a walk-out from the state as­sem­bly to protest against Speaker Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, whom they claimed was bias in his ac­tions.

How­ever, three PAS as­sem­bly­men sat through to take part in the de­bate.

The BN rep­re­sen­ta­tives later re­turned to their seats.

State Op­po­si­tion Leader Datuk Saarani Mo­hamad (BN-Kota Tam­pan) said, “it was de­bate time and we found the speaker speak­ing on be­half of the rul­ing coali­tion”.

“He even got into the de­bate ... and replies ques­tions raised. He should not have in­ter­vened or de­fended any­one.

“He wanted to an­swer on be­half of the gov­ern­ment and when we (the Op­po­si­tion) de­bate, he got in­volved.

“The speaker should not be show­ing off ... If he (con­tin­ues) to show this at­ti­tude he will not be able to con­trol the pro­ceed­ings,” Saarani told re­porters.

The drama un­fold when Saarani, while de­bat­ing the bud­get, con­grat­u­lated Ngeh who had been listed as the rich­est MP based on as­sets de­clared by elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

In re­spond, Ngeh raised the is­sue of power seize by BN from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in 2009. PR ruled the state for only 11 months be­fore BN took over the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

This caused a com­mo­tion re­sult­ing in the walk-out by BN rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Saarani likened the speaker to a ref­eree in a soc­cer game who has to be fair, lest the play­ers would get into a fight.

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