Raise facts, not speculation, speaker tells MPs on audio clip

Speaker Azhar Harun reminds MPs to raise only facts in the Dewan Rakyat.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Harun today reminded MPs to raise facts, not speculative material, in the lower house following yesterday’s incident in which Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor) asked to play an audio clip purportedly of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said deputy speaker Azalina Othman Said, in ruling that the clip could not be played, had “followed the facts”.

“I feel the deputy speaker followed the facts that the audio was not original and did not fulfil the best evidence rule,” he said, adding however that he had not chaired the sitting himself.

RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) had raised the matter, saying Ramkarpal had said that former MP Karpal Singh was previously allowed to play another audio clip on alleged corruption.

“We want to hear the audio,” he said. “He (Ramkarpal) said the audio was of (the) Pagoh (MP).”

But Azhar, who said he had watched the proceeding live, said he could not revisit the ruling as it had already been made.

“If the ruling is made, that is final,” he added.

Ramkarpal had asked MPs if the person behind an alleged leaked audio recording was Muhyiddin enticing Umno leaders to join his party with promises of positions in the Cabinet and GLCs.

He also asked for updates on the police reports made on the audio clip.

However, Azalina said MPs must submit a notice before playing recordings, adding that this was Parliament and not a courtroom.

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