KUALA LUMPUR: Two DAP MPs, Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) and Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong), have been ejected from Parliament by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on Monday.
They were ejected by Pandikar over Lim's rejected motion to debate on the newly-introduced toll hikes.
"I submitted an emergency motion last Friday to allow the House to debate the toll hikes.
"I want the House to debate the possibility of the Government acquiring toll companies, to allow MPs to study and scrutinise agreements with concessionaires and how the Government can stop toll hikes without compensating the companies," Lim said at a press conference outside Parliament shortly after his ejection.
According to Lim, the Speaker explained that his motion was rejected as the House only allowed one motion to be raised and Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) had already submitted a motion.
However, Kok's motion on the orang asli community and SK Tohoi was also rejected.
Lim was then ejected when he pressed the Speaker for his motion to be reconsidered.
"I stood up as I wanted Tan Sri to reconsider (the toll hike motion). Since he rejected Teresa's Kok's motion, why not allow mine to be debated? But before I could say my peace, I was kicked out," said Lim.
"The Speaker said that it was the final decision and no explanation was needed. 'Out'," said Lim.
Gobind, however, was ejected after standing up to seek clarification from the Speaker as to why Lim was ejected when he merely sought to get his earlier motion reconsidered.
Gobind also said he may have been ejected over a miscommunication when he asked the Speaker to clarify why the motions were rejected to remove any possible perception of dishonesty.
"I did not stand up and say that the Speaker is dishonest but then he cut me down straightaway," said Gobind, who was ejected after refusing to heed the Speaker's instructions to sit down.
"I wanted him to explain it so that there is no perception of dishonesty on part of the House. In fact what I did was to protect the Speaker," Gobind said.
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