Nurul Izzah reads out Anwar's speech in Parliament

Nurul Izzah.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's daughter Nurul Izzah was allowed by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to read his speech in the Dewan Rakyat.

The speech, which was read by the PKR Lembah Pantai MP during the debate on the royal address yesterday, mainly touched on Anwar's unhappiness at not being allowed to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting.

"I am regretful that my application to the Home Minister and Prisons Department Director-General to attend Parliament was rejected without any given reason," he said.

Earlier, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) asked Pandikar to allow Anwar to attend the Parliament session.

Azmin said the provision which allowed Anwar to attend a defamation suit in the High Court on Feb 17, should be extended to allow him to attend Parliament.

Pandikar had confirmed Anwar was still MP for Permatang Pauh and would remain so until Feb 24, as the disqualification of an MP only takes effect 14 days from the date he is convicted. He remains an MP until an appeal for pardon is dealt with.

However, Prisons commissioner-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar turned down the application by Nurul Izzah to allow Anwar to attend Parliament.