Surendran suspended for six months

MALAYSIA - After an hour of shouting and even the tearing of the order papers, the Dewan Rakyat finally handed PKR Padang Serai MP N. Suren­dran (pic) a six-month suspension for insulting the Speaker and the Parlia­ment.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee passed the motion to suspend Surendren without debate after an hour of ruckus due to strong objection from Pakatan Rakyat MPs.

A total of 92 Barisan MPs voted in favour of the motion tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri, who said Surendran's statement accusing the Speaker of telling "complete and utter lies" and accusing him of being biased was an insult both to the Chair and the Dewan Rakyat.

"It has also damaged the good name and prestige of the House," she said.

Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) argued that the motion was tabled without following the standing order.

"This is unfair and we want the motion to be withdrawn. It does not follow the standing order and it is an illegal motion," he shouted.

A commotion erupted when all the Opposition MPs stood up and started to shout "illegal motion" repeatedly and tear the order papers. A few also fashioned paper planes from the order papers which they "launched" into the air.

Ronald said there was no conflict of interest in allowing for the motion to be tabled and that it had followed the standing orders.

Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad (BN-Johor Baru), who is also the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman, said the remarks uttered by Surendran were a serious offence as it had demeaned the status and stature of the Parliament and the Speaker.

On Tuesday, Surendran had likened the Parliament to "Robert Mugabe's Parliament", after he was told to leave the House.

He had refused to sit down when Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected his emergency motion to debate the alleged demolition of the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple in Kuala Lumpur.