Malaysian Parliament Speaker tells DAP MPs to resign if reforms are introduced next year

Malaysian Parliament Speaker tells DAP MPs to resign if reforms are introduced next year
Malaysia's Speaker of Parliament said two DAP MPs who had urged him to resign for failing to present parliamentary reforms should themselves resign if said reforms are enacted next year.
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PETALING JAYA - Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia has called for the resignation of two DAP MPs if his parliamentary reforms are enacted next year.

In an article on the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club website, the Dewan Rakyat Speaker referred specifically to Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who had urged Pandikar to resign as Speaker for failing to present the reforms to the Prime Minister.

"I want them to resign or vacate their seats if the first phase of the reforms is carried out early next year during the Parliament session.

"If they do not resign, even if they stand up a hundred times to speak or join the debate, I will not invite them to speak under Standing Order 35.

"They will not get my respect as a Speaker," said Pandikar.

Under Standing Order 35, an MP who wishes to speak in the house must first stand up and be given permission by the Speaker.

Pandikar said on the website that he had not been able to implement the parliamentary reforms in this session due to being short of time.

"However, this does not mean that the promise could not be fulfilled," he said, explaining that Parliament could convene for a special sitting to consider emergency matters at any time.

"I will resign if the first phase of the reforms is not executed in the first session next year.

"But if it is implemented, I will ask the two MPs to resign. If they fail to do so, I will consider them as Members of Parliament with no honour," said Pandikar.

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