KUALA LUMPUR: Umno’s Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was ordered to leave the Dewan Rakyat today for refusing to follow instructions and creating a disturbance.
The trouble began when Tajuddin (BN-Pasir Salak) became upset with Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub whom he said had not answered his questions and instead left the hall after handing over the matter to his deputy.
“I would like to put on record my dissatisfaction with the minister who was here to answer the second question but left before the other question (which I asked).
“It was disrespectful. I represent the people, please have some respect for the people,” he said.
Deputy speaker Nga Kor Ming told Tajuddin to leave the Dewan after the latter refused to follow his instructions.
“Pasir Salak was given enough room for questions, but he chose to hurl accusations at a minister.
“For me, this had no basis. I asked him to state his question but he remained stubborn, so please escort him out,” he said.
Nga then suspended Tajuddin from attending Dewan Rakyat proceedings for four days.
Tajuddin said this was the “true behaviour” of DAP leaders.
“I haven’t finished with my questions and you tell me to stop. This is the behaviour of DAP. The speaker is unfair and does not respect the people.
“I still wish to ask my questions, please allow me to do so,” he said, refusing to leave the hall despite being told to several times.
Several opposition MPs also questioned Nga’s decision.
“In two, three minutes’ time, several decisions were made,” Ismail Sabri (BN-Bera) said, referring to Nga’s initial decision to suspend Tajuddin for two days instead of four.
“The speaker must be consistent.”
Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) agreed, saying no punishment was given to Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang when he refused to leave the hall during his time in the opposition.
Nga said he made the decision as Tajuddin had refused to leave the Dewan.
“My decision was consistent with Standing Order 44 (2) on members who do not behave appropriately or act in contempt of the house,” he said.
“I gave him three chances but he refused to follow instructions.”