Pasir Pinji assemblyman ejected from Perak state assembly, Pakatan members stage walkout

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  • Monday, 27 Nov 2017

Howard Lee. -The Star filepic

IPOH: The Perak state assembly sitting on Monday erupted when Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee was ejected from the assembly for failure to follow Speaker Datuk S. Thangesvari's orders.

This was followed by all Pakatan Harapan assemblymen walking out in protest of Lee's eviction.

The ruckus occurred when Lee wanted to table a motion to have Slim assemblyman Datuk Mohd Khusairi Abu Talib referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

This is allegedly because Khusairi had used a profanity in the state assembly sitting last Friday.

"This incident was clearly reported in the Chinese media on Saturday. The committee should investigate this and report back," Lee said, raising two printouts of Chinese news reports on the incident.

However, the assemblymen from both sides of the political divide engaged in a shouting match when Lee was interrupted.

Thangesvari did not allow Lee's motion to be tabled as she said the media reports could be wrong.

"The transcript I have here did not record the word being uttered," she said.

She continuously asked Lee to sit down during the shouting match, while Lee still tried to table his motion.

Thangesvari then announced that Lee was to be ejected from the sitting and have his duties as assemblyman suspended until the sitting is over.

All Pakatan Harapan assemblymen proceeded to walk out in solidarity with the ejected Lee.

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