Ramkarpal denies misleading Dewan Rakyat on audio recording precedent


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh has denied allegations that he misled the Dewan Rakyat with his claims that there was a precedent for an MP playing an audio or video recording during Parliament proceedings.

Ramkarpal clarified that he had given notice to the Dewan Rakyat that he was unsure of the exact date when former Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh had played an audio recording in the Dewan Rakyat to include it as part of his speech.

"When I use the phrase 'if I am not mistaken', that means I am giving notice to the Dewan that I might be wrong as far as the date is concern.

"Yes, in my speech I said in 2007 but it is actually in 2009.

"But the fact is, the event happened, there can be no doubt about that," he told a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday (July 22).

He was responding to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan who asked the Bukit Gelugor lawmaker to prove his allegations before the end of the day or risk being referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee for misleading the Dewan Rakyat.

Ramkarpal also showed a video recording to the press when his father Karpal Singh played an audio in parliament, which the latter obtained from YouTube, titled “Singh is KING....KING is Singh2”.

Ramkarpal also provided the media with a copy of the Parliament Hansard on Feb 25,2009, when the incident took place.

"Considering all the matters, it is a fact that there is a precedent as mentioned in my speech in Dewan and the issue of trying to mislead the Parliament as mentioned by the minister does not arise.

"I urge the minister to check his records before making such reckless statements," added the DAP lawmaker.

Earlier, Takiyuddin said checks on Parliamentary records have shown that there wasn’t a precedent of such cases as claimed by Ramkarpal during his speech on the Royal Address on Wednesday.

Takiyuddin, who’s in charge of law and Parliamentary affairs, pointed out that Ramkarpal’s “baseless” claim is an attempt to mislead the House and also an offence under Standing Order 36 (12).

“Therefore, for the sake of justice and the benefit of the doubt, YB Bukit Gelugor (Ramkarpal) will be given the opportunity to prove that allegation until the end of Parliamentary proceedings on Wednesday (July 22).

“It is stressed that YB Bukit Gelugor’s failure to prove his claims will cause him to be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee under Standing Order 36(12), ” said Takiyuddin in a statement issued Wednesday.

During Ramkarpal’s speech on Tuesday, he claimed that sometime in 2007, a former Bukit Gelugor MP had played an audio recording during Parliamentary proceedings.

“I’m giving the House the best evidence and I’m playing the recording itself, instead of me repeating or reading from it.”

In response, Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said told Ramkarpal that he should have given an early notice that he was about to play an audio recording during Parliamentary proceedings.

“Because I’m quite surprised. This is not a court, this is a debate, ” said Azalina, who ruled against Ramkarpal’s request to play the recording during his speech.

Ramkarpal adhered to Azalina’s ruling and proceeded with his debate by reading out a transcript of the audio recording.

The audio recording, which made rounds last May, had purportedly featured Muhyiddin’s voice as plotting to entice Umno leaders to join forces with promises of being appointed to the Cabinet and GLC positions.

The audio recording was allegedly taken during a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Supreme Council meeting held before the “Sheraton Move” on Feb 23, where MPs from Barisan Nasional, Bersatu and some from PKR had gathered at the Sheraton Hotel, Petaling Jaya in show of support of a new coalition to replace Pakatan Harapan.

Following the “Sheraton Move”, it saw the exit of Bersatu MPs and PKR MPs aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, which triggered the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government and the emergence of Perikatan Nasional led by Muhyiddin.

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