Settle squabbles outside Parliament, MPs told

KUALA LUMPUR: Don’t bring your squabbles into the august House, Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul has told MPs.

This was the warning given by Johari to lawmakers not to bring their political differences, including over social media, into Parliament.

“I have also informed my deputies about this.

“I assure you that we will take action against those who use the House as a platform for unrelated matters,” he said when opening the meeting here on Tuesday (Feb 27).

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Johari also reminded MPs to set a good example whenever they are present.

“We are being watched by the rakyat across various platforms. Show maturity during debates and be on your best behaviour.

“My deputies and I will be strict and take action against those who do not abide by the rules,” he said.

In his Royal Address when opening Parliament on Monday (Feb 26), His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia gave the green light to Johari to take stern action against misbehaving MPs, including suspending them for 14 days.

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Earlier, the Dewan Rakyat also offered a short prayer and observed a moment of silence for the late Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The former governor and longest serving chief minister of Sarawak passed away on Feb 21.

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