PUTRAJAYA member of parliament Radzi Jidin must be punished for his remarks against Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and for his refusal to adhere to the directive by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul when winding up the debate on the 12th Malaysia Plan mid-term review (12MP) in parliament yesterday.
Madani Government Political Secretaries Council chairman Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the council would urge Legal and Institutional Reform Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said to start proceedings to suspend Radzi from his duties to serve as a lesson for all members of parliament.
“It is simply unacceptable when a former senior minister fails to adhere to the principles of Rukun Negara’s principles of politeness and decency. Radzi’s rude action that was broadcast throughout the country cannot be ignored,” he said in a statement today.
He added that the Speaker had followed all procedures provided under the provisions of the Dewan Rakyat, including asking the Prime Minister to clarify what was meant by ‘Putrajaya Administration’ that referred to the previous government.
“It was clear that the Putrajaya member of parliament (Radzi) had misunderstood the meaning of Anwar’s statement by thinking that ‘Putrajaya’ meant he was referring to him. The Speaker had accepted the clarification under Regulation 99.
“If not satisfied, the Putrajaya MP could have put forward a resolution but the Speaker’s directive was ignored and was reacting according to his own emotion. He had also lost his discipline, moral and respect for the ‘house’ and disrupted the winding up of the debate for 20 minutes,” he said.
During the session and after the emotional outburst, Radzi from Perikatan Nasional (PN), was ordered to leave the Dewan Rakyat for his continuous argument with Johari, regarding Anwar’s statement, claiming his image was tarnished and repeatedly asked Johari to urge Anwar to retract his statement.
The situation resulted in chaos inside the Dewan Rakyat and the session was disrupted for about 40 minutes when MPs from both sides were engaged in a shouting match. – Bernama, September 20, 2023.