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‘Bomoh’ outburst may prove costly for Titi Serong rep

 | February 24, 2011

The ongoing tug-of-war in Perak may see PAS assemblyman Khalil Idham suspended.

IPOH: PAS Titi Serong assemblyman Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah may be suspended from the next Perak State Legislative Assembly for refusing to appear before the Rights and Privileges Committee tomorrow over his “bomoh” allegation.

Khalil had alleged that an Umno legislator had used a bomoh  to cast a spell on the controversial May 7, 2009 incident which saw the ousting of Speaker  V Sivakumar .

During this turbulent sitting,  Barisan Nasional (BN) personnel had forcefully evicted Sivakumar from his seat and in his place ordained R Ganesan as BN speaker.

Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives have since refused to acknowledge Ganesan  as the speaker.

During an assembly sitting on Dec 2 last year, Khalil dropped a bombshell by alleging that an Umno lawmaker had engaged the services of a bomoh to caste a spell on the eve of May 7, 2009 assembly sitting.

When Khalil refused to name the Umno man involved,  Kamunting assemblyman Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid  raised a motion to refer Khalil to the Rights and Privileges Committee for disciplinary action.

The motion was accepted by Ganesan.

Khalil later told reporters he will only name the Umno man when the committee seeks his explanation.

However, Khalil yesterday did a U-turn, saying that he will not be going for the committee meeting scheduled to be held at the state secretariat tomorrow at 10.30am.

He contended that none of the BN elected representatives had seconded Zahir’s motion to refer him to the committee, neither was it put up for debate for a decision to be made on the motion.

Also present at the press conference were DAP state chief Ngeh Koo Ham, Sivakumar and other Pakatan leaders.

Not valid

Ngeh reiterated that Pakatan did not recognise Ganesan as the legal speaker and hence his decision to adopt Zahir`s motion is not valid.

Sivakumar said that he supported Khalil’s refusal to attend the committee meeting because under Section 33(1) and 33(2) of the Perak Legislative Assembly Standing Orders, a motion must be seconded and the speaker will then propose the motion for debate to the assembly members.

According to Sivakumar, only after a debate can the assembly make a decision to adopt the motion.

He said none of these procedures were followed and hence the motion is defective in law.

He also said that under Section 45 of the Standing Orders, the assembly must make its decision by a simple majority.

When asked by FMT on the possibility of Khalil being suspended from the next sitting if he does not attend tomorrow’s committee meeting, Sivakumar declined to comment .

When contacted today, Ganesan said: “…the committee will look into all aspects and details of this issue before making its final decision.”

When asked whether Khalil will be suspended for not defending his allegation on the bomoh issue, he said: “Let us not speculate on the matter but allow the committee to draw its own conclusion tomorrow.”

When told that Pakatan leaders still refuse to acknowledge him as speaker, Ganesan said: “They must be crazy as the Court of Appeal has acknowledged me as the rightful speaker.”

“Furthermore, they had participated in the last state assembly sitting and had addressed me accordingly (as head of the assembly)”

“So what is their problem now? Is it because they have no real issues to discuss?” he asked.

He said the next assembly sitting will be opened by the Perak Sultan and the sitting may be scheduled for late March or early April.


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