3 August 2020, Monday | 07:29pm

Speaker unhappy his decisions are challenged in court


PARLIAMENT | Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia is not pleased that his decisions are being challenged in court.

"I hope none of you (MPs) raise any point of order because, when you do that, I have to make a ruling.

"But the speaker can't make rulings now because he'll be dragged to court.

"Article 63(1) of the Federal Constitution has lost its meaning," Pandikar told the Lower House when today's sitting resumed after lunch.

Article 63(1) states that "the validity of any proceedings in either House of Parliament or any committee thereof shall not be questioned in any court."

Earlier today Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian filed an originating summons in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur to challenge Pandikar's decision to reject his two questions related to the 1MDB scandal.

Pandikar said things were getting too complicated in the Dewan Rakyat and that he could not keep up with the logic of some MPs.

During the Dewan Rakyat session last week, opposition MPs criticised the speaker after he rejected more than 30 questions related to 1MDB scandal.

Defending his decision, the Pandikar said there were rules and procedures to be followed, including that the questions should not contain accusations, assumptions, be offensives or made up.

Pandikar's ruling is final under House rules.

However, MPs still have the option of submitting a motion to review the decision.

Such motions, however, rarely make it to the House floor as government matters take precedent in the Dewan Rakyat.


Source: MalaysiaKini/http://bit.ly/2f88bLT

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