KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Noh Omar was told to leave Parliament after being given a chance to explain himself by Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.
Following a ruckus that took place before lunch when Noh protested his three-day suspension from Parliament, Mohamad Ariff gave him a brief respite from the bar and allowed him into the House after the break on Tuesday (March 19).
Noh said that he disagreed with the manner in which Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming – who was presiding over the sitting before the lunch break – made the ruling on his suspension.
The Tanjung Karang MP said that the ruling should have been made on Monday (March 18), the day he made the accusations.
He added that any attempt to suspend him from the Dewan should have been done by way of a motion moved by a minister.
After hearing out Noh, Mohamad Ariff said Nga's ruling to suspend him stood, and ordered him to leave the House.
Noh relented, but said that he was not given the chance to retract his accusations against Nga.
"My ruling is final. I have referred to the Hansard and it is clear that you had repeatedly challenged his credibility when he was presiding," said Mohd Ariff.
Mohamad Ariff then adjourned the House for 15 minutes, after which Noh left and did not enter again when proceedings resumed.
In the Parliament lobby, Noh said he accepted Mohamad Ariff's ruling but maintained that he would not retract his accusations against Nga.
Earlier Tuesday, Nga had barred Noh from the House for three days form March 19 to 21, for insulting the institution of the Speaker.
Noh, who had accused Nga of not being fit to be Deputy Speaker on Monday, was not present when the ruling was made against him.
In the incident, Noh had interrupted Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (PAS-Pasir Mas) – who was debating the Royal Address – to question Nga over his "Taliban" remarks in reference to the Umno-PAS cooperation.
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