Opposition assemblymen claim double standards

NUSAJAYA: Johor Opposition assemblymen complained about the double standards and limitations faced by them during the State Assembly sitting.

In a press conference outside the State Assembly hall in Kota Iskandar, Pekan Nenas assemblyman Yeo Tung Siong said that they were often given a shorter time to speak compared to their Barisan Nasional counterparts.

He added that the seven-day State Assembly sitting was hardly enough for the Opposition assemblymen to voice out the people’s grouses and issues due to the limitations. He also said that only six to seven questions from the Opposition managed to get an oral answer from the state excos.

“It is common for the State Speaker to stop us before we finish reading out our speeches and our proposed resolutions are always rejected for a debate,” said Yeo.

He suggested that the state allow the sittings to be extended from seven days to 10 days, the one-hour question and answer session to be extended to two hours and the 20-minute speech per assemblyman to be increased to 30 minutes or more.

Earlier in the State Assembly sitting, Tan Hong Pin (DAP–Mengkibol) proposed a resolution to discuss the state’s high water tariff but was turned down by State Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz.

Tan raised the resolution right after Johor Education, Information, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives exco Md Jais Sarday (BN–Mahkota) proposed to close the State Assembly sitting.

Mohamad rejected Tan’s proposal, saying that it was not the right time to propose a resolution as they were already wrapping up the sitting.

Following that, Johor Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Tourism exco Datuk Tee Siew Kiong (BN–Pulai Sebatang) supported Md Jais’ motion and the sitting came to a close at 12.02pm.

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