Karpal suspended for calling Speaker a ‘dictator’


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 08 Apr 2010

DAP chairman Karpal Singh was suspended from the Dewan Rakyat for 10 days after he repeatedly accused Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia of being a “dictator.”

The Bukit Gelugor MP was sent from the House after he continued to press the Speaker to explain why he refused to allow Tian Chua’s (PKR-Batu) motion to discuss the Apco Worldwide issue.

Karpal said Pandikar should explain to the House his decision to reject Tian Chua’s motion in chambers.

“You are going against your own precedent. You must explain. In a court of law, you have to follow the precedent,” he said. Pandikar replied that the Dewan Rakyat was not a court.

“Which (part of the) Standing Orders says that I cannot do that. Where is the procedure?” he asked.

“Mr Speaker is a dictator,” Karpal replied, after which Pandikar ordered the sergeants-at-arms to escort the MP out of the House.

However, Karpal continued to accuse Pandikar of being a dictator.

“Repeat the word. I’d like to hear that. Maybe you want to stay out much more longer,” Pandikar said.

“Yes, you are a dictator. You are going against your own precedent,” Karpal replied.

There was uproar when Pandikar ordered Karpal to be suspended for 10 days.

However, when Karpal again repeated his accusation, Pandikar warned the MP that he might be referred to the House Rights and Privileges Committee. This is the third time Karpal has been suspended from the House.

In 2008, he was suspended for two days after he uttered the words “Jangan main-main” (Don’t fool around) to Pandikar during question time.

In 2004, Karpal was given a six-month suspension after the then Speaker Tan Sri Zahir Ismail held that the DAP lawyer had misled the Dewan Rakyat.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby later, Karpal said his action was a matter of principle.

“Whenever a motion is sent to the Speaker for tabling on a matter of urgent public importance and is rejected with a letter, the MP concerned has the right to ask the Speaker why it was rejected,” he said.

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