Paying the price of being a ‘busy body’: PAS MP suspended 3 days

BESUT MP Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh (PN-PAS) was ordered to leave the Dewan Rakyat today after he was suspended for three days from attending parliamentary proceeding after disobeying Deputy Speaker Datuk Ramli Mohd Noor.

Ramli had earlier ordered Che Mohamad three times to sit down following a commotion stemming from disputes over amendments to two bills which involved of the English language.

The incident occurred when Kota Bharu MP Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan (PN-PAS) questioned why the government provided two bills with English titles. This has prompted Che Mohamad to stand up to interject with Ramli repeatedly asking him to sit down.

“YB (Che Mohamad) please be seated. Be seated. Sergeant-at-Arms (Bentara), three days, settle this,” instructed Ramli after the Besut MP defied his order.

Dissatisfied with the suspension, Che Mohamad, asked why the decision was made after he had sat down. “I’ve sat down. Why was the decision arrived at after I’ve sat down?”

Datuk Ramli Mohd Noor

“My decision is final after three rounds of warning. Sergeant-at-Arms (Bentara), please do your job,” instructed Ramli.

Che Mohamad then asked for an explanation of his suspension period. “Do the three days commence tomorrow? Return on Saturday? ”

Ramli then explained that his suspension would come into effect from today until Monday (April 3).

For the record, Che Mohamad is the second PAS MP to be suspended from the Dewan Rakyat after Awang Solahuddin Hashim (PN-Kendang) was suspended for two days on March 8.

Takiyuddin had earlier questioned why two of the four bills were presented in English while another two were bilingual.

“While it is customary for bilingual version to be used in the court and legislation, the standard practice in Dewan Rakyat is the Malay language version. As a member of the Opposition, I wish to know even as the (original) text is in English, why are both bills being presented in English only.”

In a reply, Deputy Minister of Law and Reforms Minister Ramkarpal Singh explained that one of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) MPs had tabled the bill in English while holding the post of Deputy Minister of Law.

But Takiyuddin who held the post of law minister back then said that Pakatan Harapan (PH) had not objected to the bill in English. – March 29, 2023

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