KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Nov 2008: The Dewan Rakyat Speaker today rejected two notices for motions by DAP members of parliament Karpal Singh and Lim Kit Siang on the grounds they were filed late.
Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said both the notices were rejected based on Standing Order 18(5) which states that if the Speaker received more than one notice a day, the notice that will be considered was the one received earlier.
“So notice of motion sent later will be rejected vide Standing Order 18(5),” he said during the Dewan Rakyat sitting today in reply to Karpal who wanted clarification why his notice was not accepted.
Karpal yesterday filed a notice for a motion to discuss a statement made by Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Tun Azmi on corruption.
Lim’s notice was for a motion to urge the Cabinet to overrule Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar’s decision to appeal against the Shah Alam High Court’s ruling to blogger, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Pandikar Amin said however based on practice, when a notice was rejected it can be filed again for consideration.
Earlier, the House also rejected a motion by Dr Mohd Hayati Othman (Pas-Pendang) to discuss the issue of cracks and safety at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on grounds that it was not urgent.
Pandikar Amin said the motion was rejected as the Health Ministry had taken necessary steps to overcome the problem.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was temporarily closed in October after cracks were found in the structure.
Several main buildings were emptied and patients moved to nearby hospitals. — Bernama