KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’s Shahidan Kassim has accused Dewan Rakyat deputy Speaker Alice Lau of being malicious for ordering the Arau MP’s smartphone to be checked before he could deliver his speech.
Lau had earlier said that MPs could only use their electronic devices to aid them in their speech and were not allowed to livestream their debates.
She then summoned the Dewan’s sergeant-at-arms to check Shahidan’s device to ensure he was complying with the rule.
A visibly annoyed Shahidan then cited parliamentary Standing Order 36(6), which states that any House member shall never impute improper motives against another member.
“Yang Berhormat is imputing improper motives (against me). Why did you raise that rule when I was (about) to deliver my speech?”
The MP’s accusation caused a brief ruckus in the lower house with Tan Kar Hing (PH-Gopeng) reprimanding him for being rude to the deputy speaker, to which Shahidan replied: “Hey rude (guy), sit down.”
Tan then said: “You used a Standing Order against the (deputy) speaker. Is that rude or not?
“The (deputy) speaker just asked the sergeant-at-arms to check (you). What is her fault (here) as the chair of the House?”
Shahidan then repeated his accusation against the deputy speaker. “This is malicious,” he maintained.
Lau then intervened by ordering both MPs to end their bickering and urged Shahidan to begin his debate on the 2024 supply bill.
On Oct 16, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul imposed a “no live-streaming” rule of parliamentary debates on all MPs.
He said MPs’ concentration would no longer be on what is happening in the Dewan Rakyat if they are engaging with their online followers.
Shahidan and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had voiced their disagreements with the rule then, with the former calling the rule “backwards”.
Both MPs are often found using their smartphones for live-streaming during parliamentary debates.
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