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Govt did prepare Agong’s speech, Pandikar clarifies

 | March 9, 2016

Speaker questions the need for Lim Kit Siang of DAP to state the obvious and asks if the Gelang Patah MP is trying to be clever.


KUALA LUMPUR: The speech delivered by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah in Parliament on Monday was indeed prepared by the government, Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia clarified today.

He said this was the practice in most other democratic countries, such as the United Kingdom (UK).

Pandikar also explained the words used by the King in his opening address at this year’s Parliament session were “his own” although the speech was prepared by the Barisan Nasional government.

“It is after all, his (the King’s) government. Even the Parliament is headed by him,” said Pandikar at a press conference at the Parliament complex here today.

He said this was a long standing practice that did not need to be mentioned. However, the fact that it was brought up by DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang in a Pakatan Harapan press conference on Monday has raised several questions.

“When you are an MP, and a veteran one at that, what is the perception you are trying to give? Is he (Lim) trying to be clever? Insulting the intelligence of Malaysians who didn’t know this?

“Is he saying the King is lying? Or is he trying to say that the King is the government’s puppet?” asked Pandikar.

In commenting on the King’s speech – in which the Ruler, among other things, called for the continuation of the current government – Lim had reportedly said the speech was the government’s.

Pandikar said however there was no provision under the Parliamentary Standing Orders that made Lim’s statement an offence although the Gelang Patah MP had indeed breached an ethical code of parliamentarians.

“Things like this have happened before. If I’m not mistaken, Lim Guan Eng had made a similar statement but no action was taken then. However, there was no need for him to say things like that.

“How come the MPs in the House of Commons never come out and say that the Queens’s speech is David Cameron’s (British Prime Minister)?”


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