Gobind Singh ejected from Parliament again

  • Nation
  • Monday, 08 Nov 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Gobind Singh (DAP-Puchong) was ejected from Parliament Monday, the third time in two years.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia showed Gobind the door minutes before the lunch break, after the outspoken MP refused to back down despite several warnings.

Gobind was hitting out at Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein for dodging questions linked to the alleged interference by the the ministry in police matters, and also the involvement of the police in blocking the then Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Ismail Petra's convoy in May.

Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) had earlier asked Hishammuddin to explain the police's action in blocking Sultan Ismail Petra's convoy, from which the Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis Tengku Hamid was hauled out.

Gobind continued his father's line of questioning by asking if any investigation was carried out on the claims by retired Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan that the Government interfered in police matters.

"Can we have confidence in you, Mr Minister?" asked Gobind.

Hishammuddin, however, refused to answer the questions in his winding up, saying that they were not raised in the budget debate.

This enraged Gobind, who demanded that the minister answered the questions as they were of public interest.

Pandikar Amin interjected and told Gobind to sit down, but the first-term MP refused to comply and continued to demand for an answer.

Gobind was then asked to leave the Dewan until after lunch time, but he continued arguing with Pandikar, which led him to be kicked out of proceedings for the rest of the day.

"I will come back tomorrow, and I will ask the same questions again," said a defiant Gobind before leaving.

Gobind was first suspended for two days in November 2008, followed by a year's suspension last year.

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