BN reps stage walkout after request is denied

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Sep 2003

At the Terengganu State Assembly

OPPOSITION members at the Terengganu State Assembly – all from the Barisan Nasional – staged a walkout after their request to table a motion relating to alleged pollution arising from illegal logging was rejected. 

Ajil assemblyman Rosol Wahid had tried to table the motion during the question-and-answer session but was rejected by Speaker Datuk Husain Awang. 

Rosol and three others, led by state opposition leader Datuk Abdul Rashid Ngah walked out after Husain refused to give an assurance that he would allow the Ajil representative to retable the motion after question time ended. 

The others who walked out were Tengku Putera Tengku Awang (BN – Telemong) and Datuk Abu Bakar Ali (BN – Kemasik).  

The motion stated that the state government had lied to the people over a project which did not exist and people in rural areas had to use water from a hill which was dirty and polluted. 

Rosol said the state government also cheated the people by awarding logging concessions to its own group of people without calling for tenders. 

He alleged that the environment had been damaged due to excessive and uncontrolled logging. 

Rosol asked that the House endorse his suggestion to stop logging immediately at all forest reserves, especially at the Tembat and Petuang forest reserves in Hulu Terengganu. 

Husain said Rosol could table the motion at the end of the question-and-answer session and the House would decide later whether to allow it. 

Abdul Rashid (BN – Seberang Takir) then urged Husain to given an assurance that the motion would be allowed to be tabled after the session. 

When Husain refused to give an assurance, Abdul Rashid announced at 11.35am that the four BN assemblymen would leave the chamber. 

The House, which sat for two days, was adjourned sine dine about 15 minutes after the walkout.  

Speaking to newsmen later, Rosol said the motion was of public interest and should have been allowed by Husain. 

Husain, who also met pressmen after the session, said Abdul Rashid had attempted to extract a promise that he (Husain) would give them an opportunity to table the motion after the question-and-answer session. 

“How can they force the judge to do that? As the presiding member of the sitting, I’m acting as a judge,” he said.  

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