KUALA LUMPUR, 11 March 2009: Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Ind-Pasir Mas) today called for parliamentary immunity to be revoked to make Members of Parliament (MPs) take responsibility and be accountable for what they say in the Dewan Rakyat.
He said this was because the persons on the receiving end of statements made in Parliament did not have a chance to defend themselves in the House.
“Now even the Sultans do not have immunity. But here, MPs can say anything they want.
“There are House rules and the Sedition Act for action to be taken but these are not enough,” he said when debating the Supplementary Supply Bill 2009 (Second Stimulus Package) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He also suggested that citizens eligible for the MyKad on attaining the age of 12 be made to take an oath of allegiance to the King, country and the Rukun Negara.
On another matter, Datuk Anifah Aman (BN-Kimanis) said Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not qualified to pledge 20% oil royalty for Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu if the opposition came into power.
“Anwar is only good at telling lies. The last time, he said 30 Barisan Nasional MPs would defect to the Opposition to enable them to form the government by Sept 16 but nothing happened,” he said. — Bernama