KUALA LUMPUR: DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng may see himself barred from Parliament for six months, as a motion to suspend him for insulting Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia is on today’s agenda.
The motion which is expected to be tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Azalina Othman Said, was listed as the second item to be tabled today.
According to the Order Paper by the Pengerang MP, who is also the minister in charge of Parliament, Lim had during the Special Chambers session on Tuesday, “insolently questioned the powers of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker.”
The motion also stated that the Segambut MP had “insulted the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and the Dewan Rakyat sitting which had elected him as the Dewan Rakyat Speaker based on Article 57(1) of the Federal Constitution”.
Lim had reportedly called Pandikar a disgrace to Parliament, and after a heated exchange with the Speaker, told the latter that unlike the MPs who were elected into the Dewan Rakyat, he was “appointed by Malaysian Official One”.
This had resulted in Lim being the first MP to be booted out of the special chambers in this current parliamentary session.
The motion also referred to Lim’s press statement dated Oct 23, where he had allegedly questioned and belittled the Speaker’s decision to place a blanket ban on all queries regarding the US Department of Justice’s 1MDB-linked civil forfeiture suit, ruling it as sub judice.
Lim’s press conference on Apr 7, declaring the Speaker as having failed to implement parliamentary reforms and hence should resign from his post, was noted in the motion as well.
“Therefore, it is agreed that YB Lim Lip Eng, MP for Segambut, should be suspended for six months from the date of this motion’s approval,” the order stated.
When contacted, Lim said he will fight against the motion and will defend himself in the august house.
The same motion was brought against Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang last year, and was passed with a majority of 30 votes in a bloc vote.