Melaka Assembly Suspends 5 DAP Reps For 6 Months
MELAKA– The Melaka State Assembly today suspended five DAP assemblymen for six months for defiance and causing a commotion at its sitting today.
Speaker Datuk Wira Othman Muhamad suspended Betty Chew Gek Cheng (Kota Laksamana), Goh Leong San (Kesidang), Khoo Poay Tiong (Ayer Keroh), Tey Kok Kiew (Banda Hilir) and Lim Jak Wong (Bachang) for the period effective today.
The commotion started soon after the sitting began when Betty Chew, who is the wife of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, demanded that Duyung Assemblyman and State Executive Councillor Datuk Gan Tian Loo retract what she described as a personal remark involving her he had made in the assembly on Monday.
She claimed that Gan had made an allegation over the issue of a woman whom he (Gan) had linked to her husband.
“With regard to the remark made in the sitting on Monday, I feel he (Gan) has committed slander and made a personal accusation against me and my husband. I demand that he retract that accusation,” she said.
Othman explained that Gan’s remark was merely a question directed at Betty Chew on whether she knew the individual.
“It was not a statement, it was a question. The reply should have been a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. It was not an accusation. There is no question of slander,” he told Betty Chew.
Betty Chew, who was not satisfied with Othman’s reply, uttered the words “shame on you” at him.
Soon afterwards, assemblymen Khoo and Lim stood up and displayed a banner on which were written some Chinese characters and “Shame on You Gan Tian Loo”.
Several Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen then came to the aid of the speaker and shouted “Shame on Betty” and drew attention to the banner that was brought into the house.
Both sides engaged in an exchange of words until the speaker ordered Khoo and Lim to leave the house for having brought the banner.
After a recess, at 10.10 am, chief whip Datuk Yaakub Md Amin read out a motion for all the five DAP assemblymen to be suspended for six months for having defied the house.
Othman then decided to suspend the assemblymen, and adjourned the house sine die.
At a news conference later, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said all the DAP assemblymen seemed to have conspired to divert the issue.
“This is an undemocratic dirty tactic of the DAP. They bring a banner into the assembly, an act usually committed in street demonstrations,” he said, expressing disappointment over their action.
Othman, when approached by reporters, said the assemblymen were defiant and did not comply with the order to leave the house, did not want to follow procedures, defied the order of the speaker and did not respect the house in session.
Yesterday, the five assemblymen had walked out of the house over the issue. – BERNAMA