Gobind evicted for raising Altantuya case

Posted by Penarik Beca Friday, March 13, 2009

Gobind suspended over Altantuya (Malaysiakini 12/3/09)

Gobind evicted for raising Altantuya case

The Edge (12/3/09): Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong-DAP) became the second MP to be ejected from parliament sitting today after he demanded that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak answer allegations linking him to the Altantuya Shariibuu murder case.

During the committee stage debate on the mini-budget, Gobind questioned the rationale for spending RM95 million on the Kuantan Court Complex when the structure that was supposed to keep the criminal justice system in check was not up to mark.

Gobind, who was twice suspended from parliament last year, went on to ask Najib to answer allegations about his connection to the Altantuya murder case.

He cited investigating officer for the case Supt Gan Tack Guan who had agreed with him in Raja Petra Kamarudin's ongoing trial that Najib was an important witness to the case (Altantuya murder) but had yet to provide any statement.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee (Beluran-BN) told Gobind to stop bringing up that issue as the matter was now in the court but he kept demanding Najib, who was present in the House, to answer the question. At this point Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis (Rompin-BN) shouted at Gobind from across the floor while Najib remained seated.

More MPs on both sides stood up to join in the fray which ended when Kiandee directed sergeants-at-arm to escort Gobind out.

Later, Gobind, accompanied by 11 DAP and PKR MPs, told the press that his suspension did not matter much.

"What is important is the question that has to be asked must be asked in the Dewan. And I think we must be brave enough to face the consequences," he said, challenging Najib to make a public announcement in response to what Gan had said in the Raja Petra's case.

Lim Kit Siang (Ipoh Timur-DAP), who walked out in support of Gobind, said Najib should have stood up and clarified the matter.

"Critical and fundamental to the whole issue of the RM60 billion stimulus package is the question of confidence in the prime minister (to be). Haunting and dogging him will be the Altantuya case."Dewan Rakyat: Speaker orders Puchong MP to leave

NST (12/3/09): Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo became the second man today to be thrown out of the House for rude behaviour.

Gobind had been debating the need for new court buildings at the committee stage of the mini budget when he irked the chair.

He said the government did not need to build new court buildings but needed instead to provide for a judiciary with integrity.

The government has allocated some RM95 million under the mini budget for new court buildings.

Gobind then raised the problem of A. Kugan who had died in the police lock-up at the Subang Jaya police station.
"But up to now, nobody has been charged over the death of Kugan," he said.

Gobind then went on to declare that the same had happened with regard to the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaaribuu.

"A police officer agreed with me that Najib (deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) is a crucial witness to her murder. But nothing was done to interview him," he said.

At this point, Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee interjected and told Gobind he could not speak about the Altantuya murder as it was subjudice.

Gobind protested and insisted on doing so.

Tired, Ronald then ordered Gobind out for the rest of the afternoon session.

Two MPs thrown out of Dewan

The Star (12/3/09): Two MPs - one from Barisan Nasional and the other from the Pakatan Rakyat - were ejected from the House within hours of each other during the debate on the second stimulus package.

Datuk Siringan Gubat (BN-Ranau) was ordered to leave at 11.35am when he spoke up without being invited by the Chair.

Ironically, Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulis had just finished his speech advising MPs to behave themselves when debating contentious issues when Siringan spoke up.

Siringan, who remained seated instead of standing up and waiting for his turn to speak, said: Ngam, Tuan Speaker, ngam. (Fair, Mr Speaker, fair.)

Pandikar Amin immediately asked him to leave the Dewan.

Siringan asked if he could be forgiven, but the Speaker stood firm.

The incident occurred after Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS-Parit Buntar), in a supplementary question, had asked what the Government was doing to curb parties that used a narrow perspective of the term social contract to attack other races in their speeches.

His question created an uproar.

As Dr Mujahid asked his question, he claimed that he heard someone uttering the word bodoh (stupid) at him.

“Kalau jantan, berdiri sekarang. (If you are man enough, show yourself now.), Dr Mujahid shouted.

At the Parliament lobby, Siringan said was not angry over Pandikar’s ruling.

“I did not ask for permission when I said that. If it is not right, I am sorry about that.

“It is okay. I am alright,” he told reporters.

Siringan, a Ranau state assemblyman since 1989 but a first-term MP, returned to the House at 2.30pm.

But less than five hours later, Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) was ejected from the House for the day at 4.10pm after he kept speaking up about the murder case of Mongolian Altantuya Sharibuu.

Gobind Singh had referred to the Altantuya Sharibuu murder case when he was stopped by Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee, who told him that pending court cases could not be debated in the House.

At the time, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had just sat down after his winding-up speech on the second stimulus package.

Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was reportedly sitting at the observers gallery when the incident occurred.

Gobind Singh was undeterred and continued to say that Najib was involved in the murder and urged him to explain.

Kiandee then ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms to escort Gobind Singh out, who refused to budge from his seat.

Gobind Singh shouted "You should be ashamed of yourself!" as he walked out of the House amidst thumps on tables by Barisan Nasional MPs.

After Gobind Singh left, Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) asked Kiandee if anyone in the House was not allowed to utter the word Altantuya.

Kiandee retorted that the Speaker had earlier already made it clear that pending court matters cannot be raised in the House and told the next MP to present his speech.

Gobind Singh told reporters in the lobby that it did not matter that he was suspended because it was more important that questions be asked in the House.

He called on Najib to make a public announcement in response to one "Superintendent Gan" who said that Najib was an important witness in the murder case.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said Najib should have just stood up and clarified the issue Gobind Singh had raised.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, expressed hope that the MPs from both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat would take heed of the seriousness of the Speaker's actions and not waste time bringing up unnecessary points.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said recalcitrant MPs deserved punishment from Pandikar Amin, whom he noted had a high tolerance threshold for the behaviour of MPs in the House.

"The Speaker's decision came after he has been in the post for more than a year of tolerating the situation in the House, and I admire his patience.

"The said MPs deserved to leave. Let that be a lesson to all," he said at the Parliament lobby.

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  1. Samuel Goh Kim Eng Said,


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    Thur. 12th Mar. 2009.

    Posted on March 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM


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