Art Harun dismisses claims he did not act impartially during Parliament proceedings


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun (pic) has rubbished claims he had not act impartially when chairing Parliament proceedings.

He said that he did not want to polemicise the issue.

"I can't do that and I am not going to do that.

"I was merely keeping time. That is all I can say. I will receive all criticisms, it is my job," Azhar told reporters during his visit to the media room in the parliament building on Wednesday (Aug 12).

Azhar was asked to comment on claims he had sided with the government when he interjected while Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz was debating in the Dewan Rakyat on Aug 6.

He also denied that he had spoken on behalf of the Finance Minister.

When Tengku Zafrul was explaining the Goldman Sachs settlement issue in his winding-up speech, Azhar had intervened, saying that the settlement was a decision by the Finance Ministry and was brought up to the Cabinet.

Tengku Zafrul responded, saying that the Cabinet had given the mandate to the Attorney General and his team to negotiate a settlement.

Earlier, Azhar distributed food to media personnel covering Parliament proceedings and thanked them for their service.

He said that the media plays an important role in providing minute-to-minute coverage of Parliament proceedings to the public.

In a separate statement, the Speaker said he hoped to see maturity in parliamentary debates.

He recorded his gratitude to both his deputies Datuk Rashid Hasnon and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said for helping him to ease Parliament proceedings.

"I am currently reviewing Parliament's institution reforms and will proceed with all the necessary reform initiatives with better planning and improve what is needed," he said.

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