Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lim fails to refer IGP to Rights And Privileges committee - NST

KUALA LUMPUR, Mon: Jul 14, 2008

An opposition member of Parliament (MP) today attempted to refer Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to the Rights and Privileges Committee concerning the police’s move to beef up security at the House.
Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) who cited Standing Order 26(1)(p) in the move, questioned Musa’s action which he said had violated and in breach of a motion agreed upon on April 28 to ensure uninterrupted passage of MPs to Dewan Rakyat.

Because of the extra strict security measures, a number of MPs had difficulties in entering the Parliament building to attend the sitting, he said.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, however, dismissed the motion and said that the Rights and Privileges Committee regulations were imposed only on Dewan Rakyat members present in the Chamber.

The stringent security should not become an issue because the police were implementing it for the purpose of the MPs’ own security after receiving various intelligence information, he said.
“I was also stopped a while ago. I did not protest,” he said.

Then, Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) stood up and demanded an explanation from Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar regarding the tight security and the information that a massive people’s protest against the government was to take place in Parliament.

“We want to know who is organising the demonstration, the planner because the two things have nothing to do with the plan by the People’s Pact.

“The accusation by the police is malicious and mala fide to the extent of using the court to prevent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from attending the Parliament sitting.

He was referring to the Magistrate’s Court order barring Anwar, his supporters and others from being or gathering in the Parliament compound or five kilometre radius from the building today.

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