Speaker stands firm, orders Noh Omar out of Dewan Rakyat

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR: Tanjung Karang MP Noh Omar finally acceded to the Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker’s three-day suspension ruling and left the house, but not before he was engaged in another round of verbal exchange.

This time, Noh (BN-Tanjung Karang) defended himself before Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, but the latter stood firm and upheld Nga Kor Ming’s decision early today.

Ariff said his deputy’s order for Noh to be suspended for three days was final. He shrugged off attempts by Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera), Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) and Ismail Mohamad Said (BN-Kuala Krau) to intervene on Noh’s behalf.

“The ruling is final. I will not hear anymore. Bentara, please do your job. No, no suggestions. I have to execute the ruling. If not, the authority of this house is challenged. It is being challenged every time.

“The decision is final,” he said, adding that he had already given Noh a chance to defend himself.

Ariff subsequently allowed Ismail to offer his suggestion. The latter said an MP, before he or she was ordered out, was usually given room to retract what he or she had said.

The opposition leader claimed that Noh had not been given the chance to do so earlier this morning and just now. Ismail said Ariff could use his own discretion to give Noh a chance to retract his words.

But Ariff stood his ground, saying it was too late for Noh.

“I read the hansard, and the position of the speaker has been repeatedly challenged. I gave you a chance to defend yourself. You did not say you want to retract,” he said.

Noh, however, was stubborn and refused to leave the house, prompting Ariff to call for a 15-minute recess. Noh eventually left and proceedings resumed with Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman (PAS-Sik) debating the royal address.

Earlier, Noh questioned the Standing Order used by Nga in suspending him, claiming that Standing Order 43 did not apply, only Standing Order 44 subsections 1 and 2 would apply.

Noh continued questioning why he was punished today and not yesterday, maintaining that he had merely sought clarification as to whether Nga had made a statement that an Umno-PAS union could turn Malaysia into a Taliban state.

“My question yesterday, if let us say Teluk Intan did not make the statement, as a lawyer, why has he not taken legal action against those who reported it? If it is true, what is wrong with admitting it?” he asked. Nga is Teluk Intan MP.

Ariff then reminded Noh that the issue at hand was whether the authority of the speaker had been challenged, and that what had happenned outside had nothing to do with what they needed to decide.

Ariff referred to the hansard and read out what Noh had said in the lower house yesterday, which among others, quotes Noh as saying that Nga had embarrassed the house, his robe and the songkok.

Noh affirmed his remarks as contained in the hansard, to which Ariff concluded that Nga’s suspension ruling was final.