Kit Siang’s remarks on Royal Address ‘breached political ethics’, says Pandikar

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  • Wednesday, 09 Mar 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang “breached political ethics” by equating the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyat to a policy speech by the Government, said Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

The Dewan Rakyat Speaker said that as a veteran politician, Lim should have known the parliamentary practice.

“This is the democratic practice and it is insulting the intelligence of Malaysians.

“Is he saying the Agong is a puppet?” he said at a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday.

Pandikar noted that this was also the practice in Britain where the Queen’s address comes from the Government under her rule.

On whether action would be taken against Lim, Pandikar said the Gelang Patah MP’s actions did not warrant Parliamentary disciplinary action.

On Monday, Lim was reported to have said that the Royal Address was merely a reflection of the Government’s policy.

Several police reports have been lodged against Lim over his remarks.

On a separate issue, Pandikar said Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee was still deliberating on possible action against Nurul Izzah Anwar over her controversial meeting with self-style Sulu princess Jacel Kiram last year.

Nurul Izzah was referred to the committee last year over a photograph of her and Jacel at a meeting in Manila, Philippines last November which was circulated on social media.
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