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Monday, October 31, 2011

Gobala asked to leave Dewan Rakyat

Former-PKR MP N Gobalakrishnan (Independent-Padang Serai) was asked to leave the Dewan Rakyat this morning by deputy speaker Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar after raising a ruckus in the House today.

NONEHe was asked to leave and return only after the lunch break, after he refused repeated orders by the deputy speaker to stand down.

A shouting match had broken out after Gobalakrishnan interrupted Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) as the DAP leader was seeking clarification from Wan Junaidi over the rejection in chambers of his motion to censure Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau).

Karpal's motion was to discuss Khairy's tweet poking fun at allegations of sexual misconduct by the son of Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Khairy, who is Rembau MP, had tweeted mockingly that the demolition of the Kampung Buah Pala village in Penang may have been to make way for ‘Kampung Buah Dada’.

NONEAttacking Karpal (right) for bringing up the issue, Gobala had stood up and berated Karpal and the DAP leadership.

It does not matter if it is 'Kampung Buah Pala' or 'Kampung Buah Dada', Gobalakrishnan thundered, as it is the fate of the people making up the traditional Indian village that is the issue of concern.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference soon after his ejection, Gobala said DAP seems to be concerned more with arguing over the choice of words than the fate of the villagers they had vowed to protect.

In his letter to Karpal rejecting motion, the speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said that the subject matter of the proposed motion was the focal point of an ongoing police investigation following a police report, thus it was not an urget matter requiring the intervention of the House.

Karpal, however, had argued that the matter should be up discussed within the Dewan as it touched upon the conduct of one its members and the dignity of the legislative body.

The deputy speaker, however, maintained that since the matter is under police investigation and may soon be brought to the courts, any discussion of it in the House may may influence the police probe.

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