KUALA LUMPUR: There was an small uproar in Parliament after Tambat Jugah Muyang (Independent-Lubok Antu) said he switched allegiances to Perikatan Nasional to get more projects and allocations for his constituency.
“Thank you for approving several projects in Lubok Antu. I wish to thank the minister on behalf of my constituents.
“And this is why I shifted my support to Perikatan – to get more allocations for my constituents, ” he said when interjecting Rural Development Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad’s winding-up speech in Parliament on Wednesday (Aug 5).
RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong), who was visibly triggered by Tambat’s remarks, said it was unbecoming of an MP to openly speak about corruption during Parliamentary proceedings.
“Openly saying that he has shifted his support because of projects. This is the Dewan Rakyat and they are openly talking about corruption.
“What’s all this, Speaker? Are we to accept this openly, in front of voters?” Rayer questioned, as he pointed out that Tambat’s remarks had gone against Standing Order 36(6) for openly talking about corruption.
Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, however, said Tambat’s remarks did not imply there was corruption.
“I don’t think it’s open corruption. I think what you mean is lobbying to enable the projects to start.
“Lubuk Antu was just thanking the minister because his allocation has been increased, ” said Azhar.
He also said Tambat was merely expressing gratitude for the projects and allocations for his constituency.
“He did not say that he was supporting Perikatan after it was agreed that he would be paid or given more allocations.
“He did not say that. Maybe Jelutong understood differently, ” said Azhar.
Last June 5, Tambat announced he was leaving PKR, saying that he would become an independent MP who fully supported Perikatan and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
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