Lawyer: MP’s suit against Pandikar to uphold Parliament’s dignity

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer N Surendran has taken Azalina Othman Said to task for criticising a PKR MP who filed a suit against the Dewan Rakyat speaker over the rejection of questions related to 1MDB.

Surendran said it was “shocking and without precedent” for the minister to have lashed out at Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian, as the right of access to courts and justice is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

“Far from undermining Parliament as alleged by Azalina, Hee’s legal action is intended to uphold the dignity and role of Parliament, which is to scrutinise the actions of the executive.

“The rejection of the 1MDB questions was unconstitutional and undermined the proper functioning of Parliament,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Azalina who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said Hee’s action had tarnished the good name of the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

MP takes Pandikar to court for rejecting 1MDB questions

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KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian has filed a lawsuit against Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and the House secretary over the rejection of his questions related to 1MDB.

The PKR lawmaker is seeking a court declaration that Pandikar’s decision to reject his questions related to 1MDB dated July 21, be made null and void.

Hee had requested to ask the government whether it had raised any objection on the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) forfeiture suit. He also wanted to know the whereabouts of businessman Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) as well as the status of Jho Low’s citizenship as he was alleged to have more than one.

He claimed Pandikar’s action in rejecting his questions on 1MDB had breached his constitutional rights and the rights to free speech in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more