A wild ruling
Posted July 12, 2008on:
Parliament out of bounds to public on Monday
Jul 12, 08 6:34pm Malaysiakini.com
Members of parliament, take note – no guests are allowed in Parliament on Monday.
Parliament is also out of bound to the public on that day when a demonstration is expected to be organised by the opposition, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz disclosed today.
He said he had informed the speaker of the move and the new ruling may be continued depending on the situation.
According to the Star, Nazri said he was informed that irrespective of whether the notice of no-confidence against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is accepted or rejected, a big demonstration will be held within or outside the parliament compound.
Therefore, he said it would be better for the MPs, irrespective of whether they were from the opposition or the ruling coalition, not to bring guests to parliament on Monday.
The public are also not welcomed, he added. The public gallery in parliament has a seating capacity for 100 people. Nazri explained that the decision was made to facilitate security measures as well as the sitting on Monday.
Security top priority
“The priority is to safeguard MPs and the security of the parliament compound because we don’t want any untoward incidents to happen there,” he said.
wan azizah and pakatan rakyat parliament motion of no confidence on pak lah 100708 04Nazri who is the minister in charge of parliament said the police would only allow MPs and officials from the various ministries into parliament.
On Thursday, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition filed an urgent motion of no-confidence against the prime minister.
Opposition Leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail filed the motion at the Dewan Rakyat speaker’s office.
Should the motion be accepted, it is likely to be debated on Monday. But it is up to the speaker to reject or allow it.
If allowed, only a one-hour debate will be set aside for such motions and no vote would be taken.