Friday, June 27, 2008

Barisan reps walk out - The Star

At the Perak State Assembly


All 28 Perak Barisan Nasional assemblymen staged a walkout on the second day of the state assembly after one of them was not allowed to speak.

“I’m going home. They played us out,” Perak Barisan chief Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali told reporters outside the assembly hall here yesterday.

Furore in Dewan: Raja Ahmad Zainuddin (left) expressing his disappointment at not being allowed to speak. Standing up in protest in the background are Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh (right) and Tebing Tinggi assemblyman Ong Boon.

The former mentri besar (BN - Pengkalan Hulu) was unhappy that Datuk Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN - Kubu Gajah) had been denied the chance to speak when proceedings moved on to debating the motion of thanks on the royal address.

He said Raja Ahmad Zainuddin should be the first to debate as deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong had supposedly promised to allow him to do so before proceedings were adjourned on Wednesday.

Instead, Speaker V. Sivakumar chose to give the floor first to Chang Lih Kang (PKR - Teja).

Therefore, Tajol Rosli said he would boycott the proceedings until the winding-up speech of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin today.

“I will not be in the dewan (assembly hall) for the rest of the day until the MB’s (winding-up) speech in the afternoon. I respect the MB so I will be here.

“He (Sivakumar) just wants to show his power. We can show our power too by walking out,” said Tajol Rosli.

Raja Ahmad Zainuddin claimed that the secretary of the assembly had assured him earlier that he would be the first to debate.

He told reporters that he wanted a correction on Nizar’s earlier statement that a piece of land had supposedly been approved for “Umno Larut Matang and Selama.”

Raja Ahmad Zainuddin, who is also Larut Umno division chief, said there was no such division by that name, and insisted that no land had been given to his division.

“In fact the Land and Mines Department confirmed that a piece of land was applied for the Kamunting state constituency in the Larut Matang and Selama district.

“If that were so, Kamunting would be under Taiping Umno, not mine.

“It’s shameful for me and I just wanted it corrected in the Mentri Besar’s winding-up speech,” he added.

The fiery assemblyman added that when he stood up to speak, it was to seek a clarification and not to cause trouble or “be the naughty boy of the dewan”.

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