Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN
DEPUTY Speaker Nga Kor Ming and Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman are heading for a confrontation after the fiery MP was ejected from the House when he insisted that his question be answered by a minister.
Tajuddin was suspended for four days after he refused Nga’s directive to sit down.
Earlier, Tajuddin was unhappy that his question was answered by Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin instead of the minister himself.
Tajuddin added that Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub was in the House to answer question number two, but left before his question was answered.
“This is disrespectful to me and the rakyat. I am a representative of the rakyat. The minister is disrespectful,” said Tajuddin.
Nga said that either the deputy or the minister could answer his question.
“You are just causing a ruckus,” said Nga.
Tajuddin then accused Nga of “not being fair or respectful of the rakyat”.
Nga then asked the next question to be answered, but a defiant Tajuddin insisted to have his supplementary question be answered.
When the MP refused repeated requests to sit down, Nga suspended him from the Dewan Rakyat for four days.
Later, when met at the Parliament lobby, a visibly upset Tajuddin told reporters that he would still attend the Parliament sitting even if he was “suspended forever”.
“He wants to suspend me. Suspend lah! Even if he suspends me until I die, I will still not leave,” he said.
“I am the victim, not him. He said that I misbehaved? What misbehave? I was just making a remark against a minister,” said Tajuddin.
Meanwhile, Salahuddin, who was met at the Parliament lobby shortly after, explained that he had assigned Sim to answer on his behalf during the minister’s question-and-answer time.
“It’s a normal process. There is no issue that I am running away from the House,” he said.
Nga, meanwhile, said Tajuddin’s name would “enter the history books as a horrible example of a lawmaker”.
“The people of Pasir Salak should reconsider voting for such a lawmaker if we want to have a world-class Parliament.
“MPs should practise mature politics. Don’t be like Pasir Salak MP, that is a horrible example.
“The Speaker’s decision was clear. When the Speaker asks him to leave, he should leave,” he said.
Nga said he was forced to add two days to the two-day suspension against Tajuddin due to the MP’s unbecoming behaviour.
“He accused the Speaker of being stupid and arrogant. I think no one will be able to tolerate such an attitude.
“He will not be able to enter the Dewan Rakyat until next Tuesday. This is a reminder to all members of the House to carry out their duties with integrity. We can argue, but it must be done in an ethical manner, and not in an impolite way,” he said.