Kit Siang slams speaker for ‘parliamentary ghost’ treatment

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang says such a thing has never happened in parliamentary history.

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran parliamentarian Lim Kit Siang spoke in the Dewan Rakyat today but Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said he could not hear him while a minister dubbed the Gelang Patah MP a “ghost” who could be heard but not seen.

“I think this is the most shameful episode in the history of Malaysia’s parliament and it has never happened before,” an upset Lim told a news conference outside the chamber.

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said tabled a motion to suspend Lim for six months under Standing Order 44 (3) for refusing to abide by the speaker’s order.

DAP’s Seremban MP Anthony Loke, however, claimed today the motion to suspend Lim was never passed by the house.

“The speaker must read out that the motion was passed which did not happen. If the motion was never passed, then he (Lim) is still an MP.

“We will wait for the Hansard to see the sequence of the events,” he added.

At the start of today’s sitting, with Lim present on the opposition bench, Pandikar said if Lim refused to obey his order to leave the chamber, he would “shut his eyes” to him.

“I don’t see him inside. He cannot take part (in the proceedings), he cannot speak. Whatever happens, I will just sit patiently until everyone is satisfied. My deputies and I will shut our eyes (to Lim),” said Pandikar.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar, while tabling a bill for first reading, described Lim as a “ghost” because he claimed to be able to hear his voice but not see him.

“In my 23 years in the Dewan Rakyat, this voice is familiar to me but I can’t see him today. Maybe it’s a ghost, because a ghost doesn’t understand manners,” Noh quipped.

At his news conference, Lim said he was in the chamber to seek clarification on whether he was suspended for a day or six months.

“I have the dubious honour of being suspended twice during a parliamentary term, the first time in October 2015 for six months.

“Now I am allegedly suspended for another six months again for raising questions on 1MDB,” he said.

He said there had been a debate before he was suspended in 2015.

“I could defend myself, but this time there was no debate and there is even doubt that a motion was passed.

“The speaker says I cannot participate and my vote does not count. That shows he is trying to show he is right.”