|Row over withdrawal of Election Offences Bill|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:32am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
BARELY 30 minutes into the proceedings, a heated argument broke between MPs from both sides of the divide.
The dispute concerned the withdrawal of the Election Offences (Amendment) Bill.
Leading the charge were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) who were having a go at each other.
The Opposition MP had asked Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia about the decision to withdraw the Bill in the Dewan Negara.
Kulasegaran said an explanation was in order as MPs had approved the Bill.
Nazri explained that the matter was withdrawn due to resistance from lawmakers from both sides, with five amendments proposed.
“If all five amendments are made, it would render the Bill meaningless. That is why the decision was made to withdraw it,’’ he added.
Nazri said if there was dissatisfaction, MPs should refer it to the EC and not criticise the Government.
However, Kulasegaran kept insis-ting that the Government apologise for withdrawing the Bill. Nazri refused to budge.
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