PANDEMONIUM IN PARLIAMENT – BN MPs WALK OUT AFTER SPEAKER REFUSES TO REVERSE BAN ON SIVARRAAJH

SHAH ALAM: Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs staged a walkout from the Dewan Rakyat today after calls for the Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Yusoff to reverse his decision to eject MIC vice-president Datuk C. Sivarraajh (pix)from the august house yesterday were not heeded.

Sivarraajh, who won the Cameron Highlands seats in the general election, was asked to leave the Dewan Rakyat yesterday after Mohamad Arif claimed the former was “a stranger in the house” following the Election Court’s ruling last week that the seat was vacant.

Unhappy with the speaker’s decision, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) today asked that a ruling be made immediately on the matter, but was dismissed.

This led to chaos in the Dewan Rakyat, with members of the opposition demanding that Sivaarrajh be reinstated into the house until a final decision was meted out by the court.

They argued that according to existing laws, the MIC man has up to 14 days beginning the court’s ruling on Nov 30 to appeal the decision, and that he should remain as the rightful parliamentarian at least until then.

Khairy Jamaludin said as such, Sivarraajh should posses the right to remain siting in the parliament’s proceedings.

“You must reinstate him today, and apologise for earlier decision,“ he said.

After about half an hour of shouting match between members of the government and opposition, Mohamad Ariff said he would come up with a ruling on Monday, and until then, his previous decision (to boot Sivarraajh out) remained.

THE SUN DAILY

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