Suspended MP labels Pandikar ‘police, prosecutor and judge’

DAP MP Nga Kor Ming says the Dewan Rakyat speaker should have referred them to the rights and privileges committee.

GEORGE TOWN: A DAP MP who was suspended from the Dewan Rakyat today along with two others has hit out at the speaker, calling Pandikar Amin Mulia the “police, prosecutor and judge”.

Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming, who was suspended over his call for Pandikar’s resignation, said the speaker had not followed procedure in suspending him, Batu Gajah MP V Sivakumar and Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham.

Saying that Pandikar should have referred them to the rights and privileges committee, Nga added that they had not been given the opportunity to explain themselves.

“Therefore, this sentence is absolutely ridiculous and against the rules of natural justice.

“What wrong have we committed? We asked him to resign outside the Parliament chambers. If he is unhappy, he can sue us.

“Pandikar has no right to act against us as we spoke outside the house. He should respect the standing orders of the Parliament.”

Nga, Sivakumar and Ngeh were suspended from Parliament for 10 days today over their refusal to apologise for demanding Pandikar’s resignation.

The trio had urged Pandikar not to be an accomplice in covering up the 1MDB issue, and called on him to step down after he rejected an emergency motion on the 1MDB-linked luxury yacht Equanimity and questions related to the troubled government investment fund.

Pandikar subsequently demanded that the three issue an open apology in the Dewan Rakyat for accusing him of collusion in covering up corruption scandals.

Speaking at a press conference with the DAP leadership today, Nga said if Pandikar wished to suspend them, he should have tabled a motion in the house.

“But he has not and is hence in contempt of Parliament.”