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BN controls 2/3 majority through Nazi-styled parliament ?

This is precedent to constituency amendments by ejecting opposition members of parliament through kangaroo parliament.

I dislike Pakatan Rakyat, but will still vote them in the next GE.

Anwar, three Pakatan MPs, suspended for six months (Update)


KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was suspended from Parliament over the Apco issue, while the motion to cite Pakatan Rakyat MPs Karpal Singh, R. Sivarasa and Azmin Ali for contempt was also passed.

All four were suspended for six months.

Earlier, Opposition MPs staged a walk-out when Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz began to read a second motion to cite three MPs for contempt.

Amidst shouts, the first motion to suspend Anwar was pronounced passed without debate.

Karpal (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) said they would take case to court.

“There’s a precedent in the case of Gobind Singh (Deo). It’s so blatant that it cannot be defended,” he said.

Earlier Thursday, pandemonium ruled on the morning of Parliament’s last session for the year as Opposition MPs protested loudly against the motion to suspend four Opposition leaders.

At Thursday, Nazri began to read the motion, amidst shouts and protests from Opposition MPs.

Some remained standing, displaying placards, while backbenchers responded by thumping on their tables to drown shouts of “Apco”.

The motion called for the suspension of Karpal, Sivarasa (PKR-Subang) and Azmin (PKR-Gombak) for contempt, and Anwar, following a motion by the Rights and Privileges Committee recommended the PKR adviser be suspended for six months for having linked the 1Malaysia concept and international consulting firm Apco Worldwide engaged by the government with the “One Israel” campaign.

Karpal and Sivarasa are alleged to have violated Standing Order 85 pertaining to the fact that information and documents adduced before a select committee cannot be made public by anyone before the committee reports to the house.

The motion also stated that Azmin, via a notice dated Dec 6 under Standing Order 18(1), had referred to the information and documents adduced during the Dec 3 meeting of the committee.

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Constitutional amendment bills must be passed in each House of Parliament “by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the total number of members of” that House (Art. 159(3)). Thus, for the Dewan Rakyat, the minimum number of votes required is 148, being two-thirds of its 222 members. The temporary suspension of some members of the Dewan Rakyat from attending its proceedings does not lower the number of votes required for amending the Constitution (i.e. 148) as the suspended members are still members of the Dewan Rakyat. In other words, as the total number of members of the Dewan Rakyat remains the same even if some of its members may be temporarily prohibited from attending its proceedings, the number of votes required to amend the Constitution should also remain the same – 148 out of 222.

Thus, although BN may have a 2/3rd majority of the Dewan Rakyat without the suspended MPs, they are still not able to amend the constitution, which requires a minimum of 148 votes i.e. 2/3rds of the total number of MPs (including those which have been suspended).

nkkhoo says:

I was misled by PR on 2/3 majority is reduced after the unlawful ejection of 4 MPs.

I have already explained that mistake in another posting written in Chinese and also in Anil Netto’s blog prior to your reply.

People still mistaken constituency delineation is a kind of constitutional amendment, which is not true. Thirteen schedule clearly stated constituency delineation only need a simple majority in the parliament unless the number of parliament seats is altered.