Opposition Protests Over Mulia’s Decision

Pakatan Rakyat parliamentarians this Friday staged a walkout from the Dewan Rakyat in support of their two colleagues who were ordered out by Speaker Pandikar Amin Muli. First to be ordered out was Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak), for refusing to sit down while arguing over his motion to debate the alleged misconduct of Court of Appeal judges who had sentenced Anwar Ibrahim to jail for sodomy II. Soon Hanipa Maiden (PAS-Sepang) followed Ali, for interrupting proceedings by raising a question. Following this the remaining Pakatan reps in the House all agreed to give the morning proceedings a miss in protest.

Earlier, Azmin Ali had requested the Speaker move his motion higher up the order paper, to allow the House to debate the conduct of judges Aziah Ali, Balia Yusuf Wahi and Mohd Zawawi Salleh during Anwar’s sodomy appeal this March 7th. But Pandikar refused, telling Azmin that the motions were organized based on who filed first. “I understand you. But if I allow you to argue even until 5pm, my decision remains the same. Now sit down, Gombak,” Pandikar ordered. Azmin refused to sit and so was ordered to leave.“I cannot leave the hall without an explanation from the Speaker,” said Azmin, after which he was forced to leave.

Azmin later told reporters that he found it unreasonable for his motion to be listed at the end. “The motion is important and should be given more priority. The motions regarding government affairs ended at number 6, so why was my motion not listed as number seven?” he asked. “The other private members’ bills could have easily been postponed for later. My motion was supported by 63 MPs.”

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