KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is demanding that Batang Sadong MP Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (pic) retract her claim that he had described the people of Sarawak as "greedy beggars".
Standing up before the debate on the Budget in Dewan Rakyat was to resume at around 11.30am, Lim cited Standing Order 36(6) and denied that he had ever made such a statement.
"I want to categorically deny that I have ever made such a statement to the people of Sarawak. I hope she can retract her statement," said Lim.
Nancy, who was not present in the Dewan, had given her debate speech on the Budget on Monday.
However, Speaker Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof told Lim that the matter should first be referred to the Parliament's Hansard and as well as for this to be raised when Nancy was present in the Dewan.
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (GPS-Santubong) then stood up, adding that Nancy's remarks were not made when Mohamad Ariff was chairing and that the Batang Sadong MP was also not in Dewan to explain herself.
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) then asked the Speaker if the same Standing Order could be applied to matters that took place years ago.
"Can Standing Order 36 be applied to matters that took place in 1986, for example?" he asked.
Mohamad Ariff explained that this would depend on the situation and if this was acceptable, the matter could still be discussed.
"For the time being, the best is to wait for Batang Sadong to be present and see what is reported in the Hansard," he said.
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