DATUK Mohd Zin Mohamed (BN - Shah Alam), the new chairman of the Backbenchers Club, held the floor for almost four hours when he tabled his motion of thanks on the Royal Address.
Armed with a 51-page text, he spoke on a range of topics, especially the economic performance of the country.
But he allowed other MPs to cut in during his speech.
Mohd Zin would resume his speech today since he stopped for the tabling of a motion to protest the war against Iraq.
Earlier, the issue on People's Religious School (SAR) became a hot topic among the opposition MPs.
Mohd Zin said the issue had been politicised by the opposition following the Government's decision to close the schools.
This caused protests to erupt from the opposition side.
The situation was tense when Mohd Zin refused to allow opposition members to cut in saying that he had much more to say.
He later relented when many other MPs requested to speak, too.
In between the serious moments, some light debates emerged which gave way to smiles and laughter.
One such instance was when Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN - Bagan Datoh) thanked his “new neighbour” Mohd Zin for allowing him to cut in.
(Mohd Zin is now occupying the place vacated by Second Finance Minister Datuk Jamaluddin Jarjis, the previous BBC chairman, next to Ahmad Zahid.)
“It seems that one by one my neighbours get to move to the other side (front bench) except me,” Ahmad Zahid said.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Muhamad Abdullah then said: “Belum ada rezeki, Yang Berhormat” (Not your time yet).