KUALA LUMPUR, 16 June 2009: Gerakan Youth has slammed the seven opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) who were suspended yesterday for unnecessary “politicking” in the Dewan Rakyat.
“Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin turned his oath-taking into a 20-minute show of protest over the Perak crisis,” said Gerakan Youth chief Lim Si Pin in a press statement today.
“In a parliamentary democracy, they have the right to dissent, but it does not mean they must do it in the august House, watched by so many people,” he added.
Lim stressed that the seven MPs, who were suspended from the Dewan Rakyat on 15 June for two days, could have aired their grouses through other proper channels.
The seven MPs were suspended for not removing headbands saying “Bubar DUN!!”, referring to their demands for the Perak state assembly to be dissolved to end the political impasse there.
Their suspension followed after brand-new Bukit Gantang MP Nizar led shouts calling for the dissolution of the Perak state assembly.
“We hope others will not follow their examples and go against the order of the day,” Lim, who is not an elected representative, said.
“We disapprove of MPs, both in the government and opposition, for their unparliamentary behaviour,” said Lim, adding that elected representatives should have discipline and good conduct.