KUALA LUMPUR: May 27, 2008 By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN
Opposition MPs stood in support of a motion moved by Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday to debate the loss of Batu Putih to Singapore.
Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) had sought permission for the House to discuss the weaknesses of the Malaysian legal team in handling the case and the consequences to other overlapping claims by Malaysia and other outstanding issues with Singapore.
His motion was rejected by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, saying that Malaysia had accepted the results on the island brought on by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
However, Salahuddin, who used Rule 18 (3) (b) of the Standing Orders, protested against the ruling and all Opposition MPs stood up to support his call on Pandikar Amin to change his stand.
Pandikar Amin told Salahuddin that he had thought hard about the motion before reaching his decision.
"Everyone should agree that all of us should take a leaf (ambil iktibar) from the case.
"We should show our maturity in these kinds of situations.
"There's no need to debate this for over one hour or two hours and reach the same conclusion," Pandikar Amin added.