Saturday, October 23

Speaker reminds MPs over decorum in Dewan Rakyat

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Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof yesterday reminded all MPs to maintain decorum and not use offensive language in the House.

He said stern action could be taken against offenders under Standing Orders 44(2), including sending them out of the House for a period.

“If such (offensive) words are mentioned in the House, I will not hesitate to take action,” he said after the conclusion of the session for oral questions.

Mohamad Ariff referred to the offensive language used by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) during an argument with Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) and Su Keong Siong (PH-Kampar) on Tuesday.

He said that if Bung Moktar repeated the offence, he would be removed from the House immediately for a period as provided for in Standing Orders 44.

Expressing disappointment over the incident, he said other MPs had also been disrespectful in the past, which tarnished the image of the Dewan Rakyat.

Mohamad Ariff said Standing Orders 36(4) stated that “it shall be out of order for Members of the House to use offensive language or make a sexist remark”. — Bernama