Nga Bans Noh Omar After Taliban Tiff, Opposition MPs Walk Out from Dewan Rakyat

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About 20 Opposition MPs staged a walkout from the Dewan Rakyat this morning, saying they would not return as long as Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming chairs the proceedings in the Lower House of Parliament.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS lawmakers had done so in protest over Nga’s ruling earlier to suspend Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar for three days effective immediately.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the MPs will discuss if they will table a motion against Nga, accusing the latter of misusing his power.

“We urge the deputy speaker to retract the ruling as the issue raised had nothing to do with sitting.

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“It is misuse of power as he could not suspend Tanjung Karang for an issue that had taken place outside of the Dewan Rakyat,” Ismail told reporters outside the House, referring to a statement made by Nga on the Umno-PAS union that prompted Noh to ask the deputy speaker for a clarification yesterday.

Yesterday, Noh confronted Nga over the Taliban reference he had made during an event in Perak, and said Nga was unfit for the position of Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker.

“As a speaker, my job is not just to chair this meeting in a fair, just and trustworthy manner. It is also my duty to protect the integrity, image and authority of the parliamentary institution,” Nga said this morning.

“The inappropriate behaviour of Tanjong Karang, who clearly insulted the sitting and ignored the authority of the chairman through his accusations, is an open insult to the chair.

“With the powers I have been given, under Standing Orders 43 and 44, I hereby order Tanjong Karang out of the sitting for a period of three days – today, tomorrow and Thursday,” he said.

Ismail Mohamad Said (BN-Kuala Krau), however, said that the MP in question should be present in the house when Nga gives his ruling.

“Please give Tanjong Karang a chance to explain and to hear what you have to say.

“If he refuses to apologise and retract what he said, then, by all means, you can give your ruling,” he said.

However, Nga said it is the responsibility of all MPs to be present as proceedings are in motion.

He also expressed disappointment at Noh’s absence from the Dewan Rakyat when the session had already begun.

“It is not my fault if he is not here,” he said.

However, Ismail continued to defend Noh, saying the latter should be given a chance to apologise. He added that he believed in the Pakatan Harapan government’s spirit of reform in Parliament.

But Nga remained firm, saying a decision had already been made.

“The onus is on him to be present. It is not my responsibility to ensure that he is present in the house,” he said.

Ismail then sought permission to leave the house when Nga presides as speaker.

Nga reportedly said at an event in Taiping, Perak, earlier this month that if an Umno-PAS alliance were to come into federal power, Malaysia could turn into Afghanistan under “Taliban rule”.

He had said this alliance will harp on issues of race and religion to garner support, and once in power, will implement extreme policies to victimise both non-Malays and moderate Malays.

During the debate yesterday, Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (Pasir Mas-PAS) said that comments about the Umno-PAS partnership would turn Malaysia into a Taliban state was unhelpful.

At this point, Noh interjected to say that if Nga felt he had been misreported, he should have sued the media.

“If it’s true that Nga did not say those words, he should sue the parties as he is a lawyer. He should respect the robes he’s wearing and not try to cheat Parliament,” said Noh.

Nga said he had already explained his remarks in Parliament last week, to which Noh questioned why Nga’s statements within and without Parliament were different.

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“Did you or did you not make those statements? You are not fit to be deputy speaker for saying different things within and without Parliament. It’s shameful to Parliament and the robes you wear,” said Noh yesterday.

When met by reporters yesterday, Nga remained unapologetic and questioned whether the media had listened to his original statement.


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