KUALA LUMPUR: DAP's Ngeh Koo Ham claims Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia does not have the power to take action in Parliament against the three Opposition MPs who challenged him to resign.
The Beruas MP said this was because the statement by Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming, Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar and himself was made outside Parliament grounds.
"I've been advised by my lawyers ... His (Pandikar's) recourse is to file a defamation suit," Ngeh told reporters during a press conference at Parliament lobby on Monday (March 19).
Last week, the trio were issued letters demanding an apology for disparaging the Speaker and the House.
They had accused Pandikar of colluding with the ruling Barisan Nasional to cover up corruption scandals by disallowing applications for an emergency motion to debate the seizure of a yacht in Indonesia and questions related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
The trio, however, refused to apologise until Pandikar answered their two questions related to 1MDB.
Ngeh also called on Pandikar to retract his demand for an apology from the trio.