Wan Saiful says sorry to King and PM, avoids six-month suspension


KUALA LUMPUR: Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan has been spared the possibility of a six-month suspension after he apologised for making baseless allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Parliament last week.

Wan Saiful also apologised to His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, for his remarks.

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“I retract my statement and I apologise for that remark. With all humility, if I had touched on matters pertaining to His Majesty, I apologise and retract my remarks,” the Perikatan Nasional MP said in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (March 5).

On Wednesday (Feb 28), Wan Saiful made references during his debate on the motion of thanks on the royal address.

“Corruption means abuse of power and he who abuses his power meets with His Majesty every week before the Cabinet meeting,” Wan Saiful reportedly said.

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The motion to suspend him was tabled by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datuk) at noon, after Oral Question Time.

However, Ahmad Zahid withdrew the motion after Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul said the matter had been resolved with Wan Saiful’s apology.

“I consider this episode has passed. Let’s move forward, discuss people’s issues with decorum and it will be fruitful,” added Johari.

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Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (PN-Larut) then thanked Johari for his wise action in resolving the matter.

“I think the people can see that the MPs are responsible for the future of religion, race and country,” he said.

Datuk Mohd Shahar Abdullah (BN-Paya Besar) hoped this would serve as a lesson and that there would be no repeats in future proceedings.

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