Friday, June 24, 2011

DUN (Day Three): Refer to me over Standing Order — Speaker

Refer to me over Standing Order — Speaker
Posted on June 24, 2011, Friday

DUN Speaker Dato Sri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar reminded all members of the august house that in the event a minister breached any Standing Order during the question and answer session, they are allowed to raise the matter to the Speaker.

“If a minister has breached a standing order, other members can talk to me instead of trying to shout him down,” he said.

He made the statement after members of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) members protested that the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang had gone over time in his answer to a question in the Q&A session yesterday.

“An answer to a question cannot be insisted upon. It is respect to the deputy chief minister who had risen up to answer your question. I appeal to the members to behave like in a court. You don’t shout,” he pointed out.

Asfia repeatedly reminded the members of the Westminster Parliamentary practice, to which state DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) said the previous sittings of the state’s own DUN should take precedence, not the Westminster practice.

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