KUALA LUMPUR: A Barisan Nasional lawmaker's motion to refer a deputy minister to the Parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee was rejected.
MCA lawmaker Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong wanted to refer Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching after the latter alleged that Dr Wee had owed her written replies when he helmed the post previously.
"I received a letter from the Speaker and was told that there was no prima facie but what was said by (Teo) was that I owed her written replies when I was the deputy minister.
"I checked with my officers and I know that I did not owe any written replies to her.
"What the deputy minister said made it seem like I was irresponsible all these years. This is misleading.
"I urge the Speaker to advise the deputy minister to retract what was said and not mention it in the (Parliament) Hansard that I owed written replies," said Dr Wee (BN-Ayer Hitam) on Tuesday (Dec 11).
Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, however, said there were no attempts by Teo, who is also Pulai MP, to mislead or confuse the House.
Mohamad Ariff said he saw the matter as a misunderstanding between the two parties.
"I don't see it as an attempt to confuse the House. The (deputy) minister has given you the written replies you requested (last week). I think it is best if both of you discuss the issue," he said.
Dr Wee said then said he would not prolong the issue if the Speaker advised Teo to retract her remarks.
To this, Mohamad Ariff said in politics and debates, such matters are normal.
"It is a political norm. Discuss with each other. That is the best," said Mohamad Ariff.
Dr Wee then requested again for what Teo said to be expunged from the Hansard.
"I believe what you have explained here is also included in the Hansard so let the people be the judge of it," replied Mohamad Ariff.