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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 12:54:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 1:00:02 PM

Attempt to censure Deputy Minister for assessment statement falls through

KUALA LUMPUR: Attempts by Opposition lawmakers to cite Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Dr J. Loga Bala Mohan to the Rights and Privileges Committee were rejected by Dewan Rakyat.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected Lim Lip Eng's (DAP-Segambut) motion to refer Dr J. Loga to the committee for allegedly misleading Parliament over the DBKL assessment issue.

"After considering the feedback from the ministry and the views of both parties concerned, there are no grounds to show that there was intent or malice to mislead the Dewan," he said when making the ruling under Standing Order 36(12) in Parliament on Tuesday

He said that the issue was one of the delivery and interpretation of the statements by Dr J. Loga and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor last Thursday.

Pandikar said that the reply given by the minister and his deputy merely stated that the assessment exercise would definitely go on but the exact amount would only be determined at the end of March after considering protest by stakeholders.

"If an issue of public interest is raised in Dewan, please do not to politicise it," he reminded lawmakers after making his ruling.

Lim attempted to cite Dr J. Loga to the committee for alleging misleading the House by stating that the new DBKL assessment rate was deferred till end of March pending submission of protest by affected homeowners beginning Dec 17.

Lim claimed this was in contradiction to a statement by Tengku Adnan who was reported to have said that the assessment would proceed this January.

Earlier, both Dr J. Loga and Lim were given the opportunity to state their case before Dewan before announcing his ruling. 

The issue saw Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers trading barbs with Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) and Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) calling on each other to be cited to the committee instead.

Tags / Keywords: politics, parliament, Loga Bala Mohan, Lim Lip Eng

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