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Opposition leader ejected from state assembly

MALACCA, 22 April 2009: Opposition leader Goh Leong San was ejected from the state assembly today for disobeying Speaker Datuk Othman Muhamad.

Othman had made several requests and asked for Goh’s cooperation so that the proceedings could continue.

This was to allow Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam to table a motion of thanks to former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and to congratulate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak.

Goh (DAP-Kesidang) was unhappy that his move to table a vote of no confidence against Mohd Ali for alleged money politics yesterday was rejected.

Othman cited Article 36 of the Malacca state assembly regulation that the speaker’s decision was final.

He said he had been lenient with Goh who had insulted the Chief Minister, speaker and the state assembly.

Othman then ordered Goh to be ejected from the state assembly and postponed proceedings for 10 minutes.

Goh later said he was disappointed with Othman’s decision and that he would be attending tomorrow’s session. — Bernama


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