'Don't name King during debate'


  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Mar 2003

Reports by FOO YEE PING, IZATUN SHARI AND DALILAH IBRAHIM

DEPUTY Speaker Datuk Muhamad Abdullah has ruled that MPs should not make reference to the name or actions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong when debating the Royal Address. 

“However, members can touch on the contents of the Royal Address,” he said. 

The ruling was made following a protest by Prime Minister's Department parliamentary-secretary Datuk Noh Omar who said that Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (PAS - Tumpat) was belittling the institution of the King in his debate. 

Kamaruddin had expressed his regret at the way the Royal Address was worded, saying that it reflected that the King was being partisan to the Government. 

He then went on to give examples of how the speech should have been worded. 

Noh then asked Muhamad to rule on the matter under the Standing Order 36(8). 

Several opposition MPs had been referring to the King in their debate, especially on the issue of people's religious schools (SAR). 


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