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Thursday November 25, 2010

Suspension likely for Anwar

THERE is a strong likelihood that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be suspended from Parliament when a disciplinary committee convenes to discuss his accusation that the 1Malaysia concept is linked to One Israel.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said a date would be fixed soon to resume the hearing by the Rights and Privileges Committee on Anwar’s accusation.

It is likely that the committee would table its findings to the House before the last day of the Parliament sitting on Dec 15.

The committee last met on June 9.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that government backbenchers wanted Anwar to face the music.

“I feel the same as them,’’ he said when met at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Anwar is accused of misleading the House by linking the 1Malaysia concept with the One Israel campaign.

He had alleged on March 17 that Apco Worldwide conceptualised both the concept and the campaign.

On April 22, Nazri tabled a motion to bring Anwar to the committee despite strong protests from the Opposition.

He insisted that it was the Opposition which had created the precedent by referring a House member to a disciplinary committee.

Nazri cited cases of two state Opposition leaders in Selangor and Penang who were also slapped with suspensions by the Rights and Privileges Committees.

Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was suspended for one year and four months in July last year.

In Penang, state Opposition Leader Datuk Azhar Ibrahim was suspended for six months after he refused to retract allegedly seditious remarks regarding the May 13 racial clashes.

Azhar was referred to the assembly’s Rights and Privileges Committee after a motion tabled by Jagdeep Singh Deo of the DAP was accepted.

The Parliamentary committee members tasked to discuss the 1Malaysia and One Israel issue comprised Pandikar Amin, Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), R. Sivarasa (PKR- Subang), Nancy Shukri (BN-Batang Sadong), Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN-Alor Gajah) and Datuk Razali Ibrahim (BN-Muar).

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