Follow standing orders at all times in state assembly, Speaker tells Selangor reps

SELANGOR state assemblymen have been advised to follow the standing orders at the state assembly sitting at all times.

Selangor state assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim was referring to Ronnie Liu (PH-Sungai Pelek), who used the question-and-answer session to offer an open apology to the Opposition leader for confusion regarding a mangrove cutting project involving the Selangor State Agriculture Corporation (PKPS) in Ayer Tawar.

During the session, Liu admitted that the project was approved during Pakatan Harapan’s time and not during Barisan Nasional’s rule.

“I want to apologise to the Opposition leader (Datuk Rizam Ismail) for the last session, when he raised the issue on PKPS involving the area under his jurisdiction.

“During the session, I believed that the project was not approved by the PH government but after checking, I found that the project was indeed approved by the PH government. So, I am sorry,” he said during the state assembly sitting.

Ng said Liu had used state assembly time to offer a personal apology, which was wrong.

“He should have asked for permission from the Speaker first.

“This is an example that should not be followed,” he said, adding that poor attendance by assemblymen was also another bad example.

“The state assembly sitting is broadcast live. The people are watching. It does not look good when questions are being skipped constantly because the assemblymen concerned were absent,” he added.

When asked to comment on Mohd Sany Hamzan’s (PH-Taman Templer) constant interruptions during the state assembly sitting that were mentioned by some assemblymen, Ng said people express themselves differently.

"Maybe he is excited to have won the Hulu Langat parliamentary seat in the 15th General Election, and it shows.

“There are 56 assemblymen that come from different backgrounds.

“We may not agree on the way he (Mohd Sany) interrupts, but the matters he raises have basis, especially on matters involving racial extremism and slander in mosques and surau.

“I hope all the assemblymen can be disciplined and keep calm. Adequate time will be given to debate,” he said.

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