Yes, I wanted to quit: House Speaker Pandikar

Yes, I wanted to quit: House Speaker Pandikar

KUALA LUMPUR - Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia wanted to resign as Dewan Rakyat Speaker due to his frustrations over how the parliamentary institution was being treated and not because of the old furniture in his office.

However, he decided against it after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak promised to address his grouses.

In a press conference at Parliament House yesterday, Pandikar Amin said Najib immediately granted his request for a new Parliamentary Chief Secretary,

"The Prime Minister picked up the phone and spoke to the Chief Secretary to the Government to appoint a new Parliamentary Chief Secretary," he added,

However, he said he would still resign if the changes were not made by the end of the 13th parliamentary term in December. "The Prime Minister did not accept my letter of resignation when I met him on March 19, let alone read it. He asked me for my reasons and I told him," he added.

Earlier, it was reported that Pandikar Amin was advised to resign after he ­confided in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on March 13.

"I did not lie about planning to resign having brought a letter to the Prime Minister.

"I wanted to resign over policy ­matters, not about furniture.

"My reasons stemmed from my ­principles of strengthening Parliament as an institution," he added.

He also put forward to Najib several requests to improve Parliament.

"We need to remove the perception that Parliament and the Speaker as an institution are said to be working on the orders of the Executive in a manner contrary to the doctrine of the separation of powers.

"I asked for the scrapping of the post of Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Parliament," he said.

"What is most important is that the Parliamentary Services Act 1963 should be brought back. It was repealed in 1992."

Pandikar Amin also said Dr Mahathir had "embarrassed himself" by going against the ethics of confidentiality.

"To me, Dr Mahathir's public statement broke personal confidentiality between individuals who were discussing things not meant for the public," he said in response to Dr Mahathir.

The former premier said on Monday that Pandikar Amin had embarrassed him by denying that he was resigning as Speaker.

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