Published: Wednesday October 24, 2012 MYT 7:39:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday October 24, 2012 MYT 8:08:27 PM
DAPís Jimmy Wong suspended after he refused to obey Sabah assembly speaker
KOTA KINABALU: DAP's Sri Tanjong assemblyman Jimmy Wong Sze Phin (DAP) was suspended from proceedings at the Sabah State Assembly on Wednesday because he had disobeyed the Speaker, said Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said Keruak.
"I suspended him because he had ignored my order. As an assemblyman he should be focusing on the debate pursuant to Standing Order 43(1); under Standing Order 43(6) representatives are restricted from making statements in bad faith against fellow members.
"I gave him ample opportunity to participate fully in the debate, and as Speaker, I am empowered under Standing Order 52 to suspend any representative who disregards Standing Order 51," he told a press conference at the state assembly building here Wednesday.
Salleh also said he suspended Wong to allow the session to proceed smoothly.
He warned that any party that produced a report stating otherwise could be issued a show-cause notice and if it refused to apologise, be referred to the State Assembly's Rights and Privileges Committee.
"The suspension can be imposed on any representative regardless of party affiliation as had happened in the past including in opposition-ruled states," he stressed.
On Tuesday, Bernama reported that assembly proceedings were disrupted for about 15 minutes due to Wong's reluctance to obey the Order, prompting Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin to move a motion calling for his suspension. - Bernama