Rep deflects disruptions in firm request to end floods


ARNOLD LOH, R. SEKARAN, LO TERN CHERN and N. TRISHA at the Penang State Assembly

WHILE most backbenchers would try to attract some attention with their fiery speeches, Dr Norlela Ariffin (pic) (PH-Penanti) is known for her emotional outbursts during debate at the state assembly sitting.

However, this time around she stole the limelight by refusing to let anyone interrupt her during the debate on the Supply Bill 2020.

“No, I don’t want anyone to disrupt my speech as I want to finish it before I lose momentum, ” said Norlela (pic), refusing to let Faiz Fadzil (PH-Permatang Pasir) and Phee Boon Poh (PH-Sungai Puyu) to interject while she spoke about continuous floods in her constituency.

“I am sorry, I want to finish this, ” said Norlela to Phee, who tried to ask Norlela to listen to him as what she was saying was not true.

When Phee failed to interject, he had no choice but to sit down.

This was followed by silence in the House as members thought that she would burst out in tears, as what had happened in 2015.

However, Norlela managed to keep her emotions in check.

“All I am asking is for RM200,000 to solve the flood issue in my constituency, which was brought upon by new housing projects near the villages.

“The local authority has gone to great lengths to have big drainage near the housing project to alleviate flood waters but is not giving equal importance to the flood woes of the villagers.

“The Chief Minister must request higher allocation from the federal government as we are paying RM6bil to the federal government, ” she said.

Norlela broke into tears in the state assembly in 2015 after claiming that the state government had failed to respond to her queries.

She had said she was frustrated that her continuous requests for funds to resolve the issues in her constituency were not heeded.

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