Monday, February 23, 2009

Joke of the year from Pandikar Amin

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 – A speaker should be impartial and well aware of the consquences of his actions to the House and the people in general, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

He said that if a person was appointed speaker, “you are the Speaker of that particular Parliament or state assembly, and do not belong to any political party or to benefit a particular party.”
“A speaker should not be a servant to a certain political party,” he said after opening the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) first sub-committe meeting on global financial crisis and its impact here today.
Pandikar Amin was speaking to reporters when asked to comment on the ongoing constitutional crisis in Perak.
Perak State Legislative Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar, who chaired the Rights and Privileges Committee, announced on Feb 16 that the commitee had suspended Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six executive council members from attending the state legislative assembly for a lengthy period since they were in contempt of the assembly.
Dr Zambry and his executive council were barred for 18 months and 12 months respectively, effective Feb 16 and Sivakumar was reported to have also sought the consent of the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to convene a special sitting soon.

Former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin yesterday said Pakatan Rakyat would table a motion of confidence in him as the legitimate mentri besar at the meeting.

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