May 24, 2009
PETALING JAYA: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has urged the Selangor Government not to deny Sungai Panjang assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and four others their allowances, even if the House decides to suspend them.
“Although the state assembly rights and privileges committee has recommended to the assembly to suspend the five, the House should not take away their right to allowances.
“Otherwise, their constituencies will be in limbo,” he said when contacted yesterday.
He was responding to the committee’s recommendation to suspend Dr Khir from the assembly for a year without allowance and privileges for not attending an inquiry conducted by the state’s Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency in March to answer queries pertaining to disbursement of funds.
The select committee also found four other Barisan Nasional assemblymen – Datuk Warno Dogol (Sabak Bernam), Datuk Mohd Idris Abu Bakar (Hulu Bernam), Mohd Isa Abu Kassim (Batang Kali) and Datuk Marsum Paing (Dengkil) – guilty of attacking it in the media.