Speaker re­jects mo­tion on tem­ple is­sue

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: De­wan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Ariff Yusuf yes­ter­day re­jected an emer­gency mo­tion to de­bate the Sri Maha Mari­amman Tem­ple is­sue.

Lem­bah Pan­tai PKR MP Fahmi Fadzil, who filed the mo­tion on Tues­day, said he ac­cepted the de­ci­sion of the speaker.

Ariff said the mo­tion was re­jected be­cause in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter are on­go­ing.

“I ac­cept the speaker’s rea­son­ing be­cause the prime min­is­ter and home min­is­ter have al­ready given their min­is­te­rial state­ments in the De­wan on this is­sue,” Fahmi said.

“When an emer­gency mo­tion is de­bated in the lower house, the rel­e­vant min­is­ter must an­swer.

“In this con­text, Malaysians have al­ready re­ceived their an­swers from the home min­is­ter and the prime min­is­ter,” he added.

The govern­ment had cho­sen to re­spond to the mat­ter un­der Ar­ti­cle 14(1)(i) of the De­wan Rakyat Stand­ing Or­ders, that stip­u­lates an ex­pla­na­tion can be given by a min­is­ter in­stead of al­low­ing the house to de­bate a mat­ter via an emer­gency mo­tion brought un­der Ar­ti­cle 18(1) of the Stand­ing Or­ders.

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