Dewan Rakyat Speaker rebukes MP over Littoral Combat Ship motion

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul criticised Muda Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman for misrepresenting the former’s rejection of a motion to debate the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) concern in Parliament. Johari claimed that Syed Saddiq was insincere in his criticism, as he didn’t reveal the rationale supplied by the Speaker for the choice.
Johari explained that his written response to Syed Saddiq clearly acknowledged why the motion was not accepted. He said, “I knowledgeable him that the Ministry of Defence is required to current a progress report on the construction of the LCS challenge every three months to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) until this challenge is completed. The PAC has additionally decided to visit Lumut (Perak) to conduct additional investigation, which implies the PAC has decided; why should we talk about it further? Wait for the PAC report, and after that, we can discuss… I will enable it but after the PAC report is completed.”
Earlier in Parliament, Syed Saddiq had expressed his dissatisfaction over the rejection, claiming that a letter he obtained from the Speaker’s office acknowledged that the matter was “not a matter of public interest” and “not urgent”. Giveaway requested the Speaker to rethink the choice.
Johari reminded parliamentarians that he was only exercising his authority based on Standing Orders that had been authored by these amongst them. “I solely enforce what is contained in these (the Standing Orders and Federal Constitution). So, after I make a decision, I am guided by these two documents, so it isn’t fair for Muar and different folks as properly; if you wish to battle among yourselves, I don’t care, but don’t attack the Speaker and my deputies,” Johari added..

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