KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia has told three DAP MPs to apologise over their call for him to resign after he rejected an emergency motion to debate on the seizure of the luxury yacht allegedly linked to businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low.
Pandikar, in a two-page letter addressed to V Sivakumar (Batu Gajah), Ngeh Khoo Ham (Beruas) and Nga Kor Ming (Taiping), said their remarks were an insult to the speaker and the house.
“As such, I am giving an opportunity to you to make an open apology in the Dewan Rakyat for the accusations made against the speaker. Failure to make an apology will result in stern action,” Pandikar said.
He was responding to a joint statement by the three MPs last week.
The three DAP MPs had demanded that Pandikar resign for disallowing an emergency motion to debate the seizure of the Equanimity and questions related to the government’s investment fund, 1MDB.
In a joint statement, Nga, Ngeh and Sivakumar had said the Dewan Rakyat should not become an “accomplice to cover up corruption scandals”.
“As speaker Pandikar has failed to uphold the truth, then the most honourable thing for him to do is to resign,” the statement had said.
Pandikar had said Parliament’s Standing Orders gave him the right to reject any motion without the need to explain or justify.
He had also said that in India, it was the right of the speaker to interpret the rules in matters relating to the house and no one, including the government, could enter into any argument with the speaker over such interpretation.
The Barisan Nasional Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) had also called for the three DAP MPs to be cited for contempt of Parliament.
BNBBC chairman Shahrir Abdul Samad said their statement contained elements of judgment and presumption.
Yesterday, the three MPs had said they were standing by their statement.
Nga said they were merely performing their duty by asking questions and filing motions in Parliament, which is the highest legislative chamber in the country.
“Let us make it very clear. As elected MPs, our main duty is to check on the government. MPs are not puppets.
“We are duty-bound to provide checks and balance to the executive, which is the government,” he had said.