No inquiry needed over imported egg issue, says Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR: An inquiry is not needed over the issue where Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong was pressured by an individual to clarify his remarks on imported eggs from India, says Speaker Datuk Johari Abdul.

According to Johari, this was because he had already issued a letter to Dr Wee citing Article 63 of the Constitution, which stated that MPs have immunity for issues raised in Parliament.

"There are no laws that can be applied against MPs for what they say in Parliament. If he spoke outside Parliament, that's a different issue," Johari told reporters in Parliament on Thursday (March 16).

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"No need to investigate. Look at the Constitution, it is very clear," added Johari.

He said this after a statement by government's Backbencher's Club chairman Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, who urged the Speaker to investigate allegations made by Dr Wee.

On March 15, Dr Wee said in Parliament that he was told by an individual named "Deepak" to issue a clarification on the egg shortage issue.

Following Dr Wee's remarks, businessman Deepak Jaikishan issued a statement where he denied calling the MCA president on March 15.

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Dr Wee then urged Deepak to lodge a police report if the allegations were not true.

"If Deepak Jaikishan felt that anyone was impersonating him and called me, I urge him to lodge a police report to clear his name.

"I'm ready to cooperate with the police and I will reveal all the evidence that I have," said Dr Wee during a press conference in Parliament on Thursday (March 16) morning.

The issue began on Feb 22 when Dr Wee raised the issue in the Dewan Rakyat while debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.

During his debate, Dr Wee warned that the government would face a barrage of criticism if the chicken egg shortage was not resolved before Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

After his remarks on the issue, Dr Wee had received two legal letters from J&E Advanced Tech Sdn Bhd, one on Feb 28 and another on March 2.

On Feb 28, Agriculture and Food Security Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu said that only one company, J&E Advance Tech Sdn Bhd, had been given permission to import eggs from India.

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