Kamalanathan insulted Dewan Rakyat, says DAP MP

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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Wong Tien Fatt is demanding that Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan be referred to the Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee for contempt of Parliament.

This came after Kamalanathan said, in Parliament last week that the Cabinet did not recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) as it would infringe on national sovereignty.

Wong filed the motion today, adding that two MCA ministers, namely, Liow Tiong Lai and Wee Ka Siong, also rebutted Kamalanathan.

The Sandakan lawmaker said Kamalanathan had breached Section 36(12) of Parliament’s Standing Orders.

“Two versions have emerged from the Cabinet meeting, causing confusion. If the deputy minister had wrongly quoted the minutes of the meeting, then he is guilty of discrediting the Federal Government.

“The Hulu Selangor MP’s action was an insult to the House as well as tarnishing the good name of the Dewan Rakyat.

“Therefore I propose this motion to be tabled to the House for debate and to be approved on April 5, 2016,” he said in a statement today.

On March 29, Kamalanathan citing the minutes of a Cabinet meeting last year – said Putrajaya did not recognise the UEC as it involved national security as well as it was not based on the national curriculum and education philosophy.

Liow and Wee then urged the MIC MP to retract his statement adding that the matter of national sovereignty was never discussed during Cabinet meetings.

The UEC is offered through the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools but is not recognised by the Federal Government for entry into public universities.