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Monday, May 15, 2017

Speaker rejects motion urging Penang CM to take leave



Penang BN's motion for the chief minister and public servants to go on leave pending trial for corruption has been rejected by the speaker's office.
Opposition leader Jahara Hamid confirmed receiving notice of this on Friday.
Asked if grounds of rejection were stated in the notice, Jahara said "You must ask the speaker (Law Choo Kiang)".
"They want to close all doors, to preserve and protect the chief minister. So, let us wait until the legislative assembly sitting (on May 19) and we will talk about it," she told Malaysiakini.
The Telok Ayer Tawan assemblyperson added that the Penang government does not appear to be serious about promoting freedom of expression.
Jahara had filed the motion to urge Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to go on leave until his corruption trial was disposed.
Previously, Penang Umno had expressed concern that Lim could influence civil servants that might be called as witnesses against him.

Lim has refused to entertain such suggestions because he believed that the trial was a political conspiracy by BN.
The trial, which involves 60 witnesses, has been put on hold as Lim is challenging the constitutionality of Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 at the Federal Court.
When asked about the matter, Law declined to comment.
"With due respects to the YBs (state elected representatives) and also standing orders, I will only comment after sitting begins," he said.- Mkini

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